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March 15, 2013

Prep roundup: Indians soccer coach looks beyond victory in assessment of team

Even in a win, Murray County High School boys soccer coach Marco Burgueno was looking for more.

The Indians’ defense shut down Morris Innovative in a 1-0 victory Thursday night at Harmon Field, completing the sweep of Region 7-2A action that started with an 8-0 win for Murray County’s girls against the Lady Tigers.

In the 36th minute of the boys match, Juanito Bautista and Alberto Soto conjured a two-man, give-and-go play to get by Morris Innovative’s defense and Bautista’s shot was just high enough to evade goalkeeper Danny Alonzo.

The fact that it was the only goal for the Indians (5-2-1, 5-1) stuck with Burgueno.

“We should’ve had more,” he said.

Murray County had 19 shots in the game, including three that hit the crossbar or post. Again, Burgueno saw the potential for better results.

“The passes we just weren’t able to finish or control. It was almost like we wanted to just kick it up. We didn’t have control,” Burgueno said. “We had a few good shots, but we should’ve had more than what we did.”

Alonzo made eight saves in goal, while the Tigers (4-4, 3-4) only had four shots the entire game. Morris Innovative’s offense came from passes over the top of Murray County’s defenders, but the Indians were quick enough to run down and clear the ball from danger on numerous occasions.

“The first touch was lost on every possession,” Tigers coach Ernie Dempsey said. “So that resulted in us playing more long ball. They have fast backs.”

It was the first meeting between the two teams this season — last season Morris Innovative was in Class A while Murray County was in Class 3A — but they will play again April 11 in Chatsworth. Region 7-2A teams are playing home-and-home matches that both count in the league standings.

Thursday also marked the first contest against a local school for Morris Innovative, which is in its second year of competition.

n Murray County girls 8, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Indians (5-3, 5-1) took 50 shots and benefited from a combined seven goals from Paiton Bradford and Cheyenne Sancho.

Murray County scored four times in each half, starting the offensive onslaught in the second minute on Bradford’s shot from the top right corner of the goalie box. Bradford scored three more times — twice assisted by Sancho, who scored all three of hers without an assist.

Nayeli Jacobo also scored for the Lady Indians.

The Lady Tigers (0-9, 0-8) are in their first season and still are trying to win their first game. Murray County coach Mandy Ledford knows how Morris Innovative feels.

“That was us last year,” she said, referring to the Lady Indians’ one-win season. “That’s one reason why we tried playing the majority of our bench. ... We know how that feels.”

Morris Innovative goalkeeper Itzel Moreno made 21 saves in the game, while the Lady Tigers only took three shots.

“(Moreno) was like our life-saver,” Lady Tigers coach Irene Quintero said. “She’s usually in her twenties or thirties every game. She kept a lot of them out.”

Lady Indians goalkeeper Paxton Dolly made two saves. Kelsey Pack, Murray County’s usual goalie, was not at the game but is still on the team. Ledford declined to give the reason why she wasn’t there.

North Murray 3, Gordon Central 0: Ismael Cruz and Freddie Urbina took over and led the Mountaineers (5-1, 5-0 Region 5-3A) in a tight win.

Cruz had a goal off of an Urbina assist with five minutes left in the first half, and Cruz returned the favor with Urbina scoring five minutes into the second half. Cruz then capped the day off with an assist from Jacob Dotson with 13:26 remaining.

Neither team was able to generate much offense as North Murray had just nine shots on goal and Mountaineers keeper Manuel Gonzalez was force to make just three saves.

Southeast Whitfield boys 9, LaFayette 0: Byron Miranda recorded a hat trick to lead Southeast (4-1, 2-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) to the easy win over the visiting Ramblers.

Southeast led 4-0 at the half and scored goals in rapid succession before pulling its starters early in the second half. Alex Rosillo and Alex Garcia each had a pair of goals, while Jorge Hurtado and Erik Salaises each scored one goal.

Dalton boys 5, Cleveland (Tenn.) 0: Ramiro Huitanda and Eder Mora each scored twice as the Catamounts (8-0) won their opening game at the Cleveland Classic.

Alan Pantaleon added a goal for the Cats. Raymundo Bahena was Dalton’s goalkeeper for the first 68 minutes and Chris Monroig played the final 12. The Cats outshot their opponents 15-3.

Southeast girls 2, LaFayette 1: Andrea Lopez scored both goals as Southeast (4-2, 2-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) edged to the win over the visiting Lady Ramblers.

Lopez scored on a penalty kick and added the game-winner off an assist from Alejandra Lerma. In goal, Sydney Covington had three saves for the Lady Raiders.

Gordon Central girls 4, North Murray 0: Amber Bandy had 12 saves in goal, but the Lady Mountaineers (0-4, 0-4 Region 5-3A) only managed six shots on goal.

Northwest JV boys 4, Heritage-Catoosa 0: Juan Navarro had a pair of goals and Walker Creswell and Rigo Martinez combined for the shutout in goal for the Bruins (3-1).

Xavier Lasonte and David Paz each had a goal as well, while Brandon Jimenez and Adrian Marisical each had assists.

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