Coahulla Creek High School’s boys soccer team made the most of its chances in the first half against Sonoraville on Monday.
As a result, the Colts still have an outside chance at a share of the Region 5-3A title.
Scoring all its goals in the first half, Coahulla Creek beat Sonora-ville 3-0 to improve to 8-3-1 overall and — more importantly — 6-2 in region play.
In the earlier girls game, Coahulla Creek and Son-oraville were tied 2-2 after regulation play and overtime before the Lady Colts won 3-2 on penalty kicks.
The Colts scored twice in the final two minutes of the opening half to go up 3-0. Sadoth Fraire’s 39th-minute strike from the right side was hard enough to ricochet off the goalkeeper’s hands and find its way past the near post.
Eddie Serrato’s shot just a minute later was deflected by the keeper, but Ronny Vargas was in perfect position for the rebound to give Coahulla Creek “breathing room,” Colts coach Eric Parker said.
“Any time you can get those goals, it’s good,” he said. “What we’re looking to do is extend that in the second half.”
The Colts’ first goal came in the 12th minute when Fraire’s corner kick was sent into the net by Irwin Rivera.
“In the first half, we were in complete control,” Parker said. “Shots were where we wanted; passes were clean. In the first half, we could do anything we wanted at any given point.”
Both of Coahulla Creek’s region losses were to Carters-ville, whose only loss in league play was to North Murray, Parker said. North Murray is 7-0 in region play, so if Coahulla Creek wins both its upcoming games against North Murray — April 8 and 19 — and the Purple Hurricanes lose at least once more, then it creates a three-way tie for the region championship.
“That’s what we’re looking for to help us get to our goal,” Parker said, noting that there isn’t a region tournament and the top four teams in the standings advance to the Class 3A state playoffs.
In the second half, Coahulla Creek did not have as much success getting through the Sonoraville (8-4, 5-4) defense. The Colts finished the game with 24 shots, while the Phoenix only had seven. Coahulla Creek goalie Missael Fraire made seven saves.
“Coahulla Creek controlled the ball well,” Sonor-aville coach Marcus Palazz-olo said. “We could’ve picked up our passes better.”
• Coahulla Creek girls 2, Sonoraville 2 (3-2): Melis-sa Cabrera made three saves in a row during the decisive shootout to help the Lady Colts (3-9, 2-7) win for the third time in four matches.
“We’re starting to see a little transition,” Parker said. “It’s definitely boosting confidence. The ball is coming off their foot harder. There’s a lot more intensity on the field.”
The Lady Phoenix converted their first two penalty kicks and the Lady Colts missed their first, but Jenny Contreras, Melanie Pacheco and Bivi Lopez each were successful for Coahulla Creek. The third save from Cabrera, who recorded six saves during regulation and overtime, clinched the win.
Regina Pacheco scored twice in the first half — the 22nd and 34th minutes — and Coahulla Creek led 2-1 at halftime.
• Dalton JV boys 10, Heritage-Catoosa 0: Jose Espino’s four-goal effort led the Cats (5-1), while Justin Macias, Irvin Santos, Allen Figueroa, Jr. Perez, Gerrado Perez and Alberto Lopez also scored.
• Northwest Whitfield JV boys 2, Southeast 0: Goalkeeper Rigo Martinez made four saves as he secured his fifth straight shutout for the Bruins (5-1), who got goals from Juan Navarro — his first-half score was set up by Brandon Jimenez’s corner kick — and David Paz, who scored on a breakaway in the second half.