April 10, 2014

Area prep roundup: Northwest wins extra-innings battle at Dalton



Morris Innovative girls 3, Chattooga 0: The Lady Tigers (1-12, 1-11 Region 7-2A) earned their second win in the program’s two-year history with the road victory.

Jennifer Sandoval put Morris Innovative ahead midway through the first half, and Sabrina Sanchez scored twice in the second half. Denisse Cuevas assisted on one of Sanchez’s scores.

Brianda Martinez made five saves at goalkeeper, including one on a penalty kick in the first half.

“We had spring break last week but practiced every day,” Morris Innovative coach Irene Quintero said. “I think that was a big reason for the win. All the hard work and practice paid off.”

Morris Innovative boys 1, Chattooga 1 (4-3): Mynor Bautista had Morris Innovative’s only goal in the road win and was one of four Tigers (8-5, 8-4 Region 7-2A) to convert penalty kicks in the decisive shootout.

With the Tigers trailing 1-0 at halftime, Bautista was assisted by Eduardo Padilla on a short strike in the second half. The game remained tied through the rest of regulation and both five-minute periods designated for overtime, sending the match to the shootout phase.

In addition to Bautista, Elmer Hernandez, Sergio Mendiola and David Solis converted penalty kicks, while Padilla — who played keeper only during the shootout after playing midfielder and forward during the rest of the game — stopped two of Chattooga’s attempts.

Oscar Reyes and David Machuca shared time in goal during regulation and overtime for the Tigers, who are in fourth place in the region with four games to play.

Chattooga entered the match on a three-game winning streak, and Tigers coach Ernie Dempsey came away impressed by the Indians’ sophomore goalkeeper, Jo-El Castro.

“He played an outstanding game and had seven legit saves on balls that were going into the net — I don’t understand how he was able to save them,” Dempsey said. “... Against a lesser keeper, we would have probably scored four or five.”

Dalton junior varsity boys 7, Cleveland (Tenn.) 0: Jaime Ortiz had two goals and an assist to lead the Cats (9-1) to the home win, while Antonio Martinez, Gibby Perez and Cristian Saldana each scored once and set up another goal.

Jose Boyzo and Ricky Ocampo each had a goal, while Jimmy Cano and Hernan Saldana each contributed an assist. Gabriel Arriola was in goal for the shutout and made two saves as Dalton outshot Cleveland 26-4.

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