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March 23, 2013

Prep roundup: Big win for Bruins soccer against Raiders

It only took two minutes for Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team to deliver a blow to rival Southeast Whitfield.

Three minutes later, the Bruins did it again.

Northwest scored both its goals in the opening five minutes of Friday night’s Sub-region 7B-4A game at Raider Stadium, and the Bruins held on for a 2-0 win that has heavy implications on the league standings and dampened senior night for their rivals.

In the second minute, Northwest (9-1, 4-0) had a throw-in deep in Southeast (4-2, 2-2) territory and Damian Lara’s header got by goalkeeper Abel Mendiola. In the fifth minute, Christian Perez’s free kick was blocked by a diving Mendiola, but the line judge held up his flag to rule the entire ball crossed the goal line. The ball was cleared to the other side of the field before the center referee noticed the call and awarded Northwest a goal.

“I saw him hold the flag up,” Perez said. “I was trying to get his attention to let him know something was called. ... I really thought it was in to begin with, and fortunately it was that way.”

For the game’s final 15 minutes, Northwest had one less player due to Cielo Nunez receiving a two-yellow red card. Aside from a Southeast shot that hit the crossbar in the 75th minute, the Bruins and goalkeeper Miguel Deanda thwarted all of the Raiders’ opportunities.

“You do become, ‘This is more of survival,’” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “Let’s just hold this down. Put the shields up, duck your head and hold on.”

Northwest stays tied with Dalton for first place in the sub-region — the two sides play Thursday in Tunnel Hill — while Southeast’s best possible finish is third place in the sub-region. The top four finishers in each sub-region make next month’s Region 7-4A tournament.

“They were on our territory and just stuck it to us,” said Raiders coach Kevin Kettenring, whose team is ranked eighth in eurosport-scoreboard.com’s Class 4A poll. “It was embarrassing.”

Northwest outshot the Raiders 14-13, with Mendiola making six saves and Deanda recording four.

Northwest girls 2, Southeast 1: The Lady Bruins (6-1, 3-1) scored twice in the first half and held on after the Lady Raiders (4-4, 2-2) cut the lead in half.

Juliana Gomez scored in the first 10 minutes, and Ashlee Huyhn scored in the 38th minute off a cross from Paige Smith.

“I am proud of us for sticking with it,” Northwest coach Anna Stutts said.

In the 60th minute, Northwest goalkeeper Deysi Garcia misplayed a long shot and Alejandra Lerma scored on the rebound. Garcia was filling in for starting goalie Gracie Holmes, who was out temporarily after being hit in the jaw in the first half. In the 66th minute, Lerma’s shot went off Holmes’ hands, hit the crossbar and bounced back down onto the line before being cleared.

“It went right at the goalpost and right on the line,” Southeast coach Amanda Ramfjord said. “We had our opportunities.”

Northwest outshot Southeast 14-9. Holmes made four saves while Lady Raiders goalie Maria Canales made six.

Dalton boys 8, Ooltewah (Tenn.) 0: Ramiro Huitanda’s four-goal performance highlighted a dominant effort for the Catamounts (11-0), who outshot their visitors 27-3.

Eder Mora finished the night with three assists for Dalton, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, while Alan Pantaleon scored twice, Ryan Czyz had a goal and two assists, Jose Gardea scored and set up and another goal and Daniel Palacios added an assist. Raymundo Bahena and Chris Monroig were in goal for the shutout. Monroig had one save.

“We were able to have possession and moved the ball around well,” Dalton coach Matt Cheaves said. “We scored very early in the game and that just kind of set the tone.”

North Murray boys 2, Ringgold 0: The Mountaineers (7-1) controlled possession to remain undefeated seven matches into their Region 5-3A schedule.

Antonio Maldonado set up Jacob Dotson for the game’s first score less than 10 minutes into the match, while Freddie Urbina helped Ismael Cruz find the net less than eight minutes into the second half. Manuel Gonzalez made two saves in goal to earn the shutout and give the Mount-aineers — who took 14 shots — a sweep of the season series with the Tigers, whom they beat by the same score last month in Ringgold.

“We dominated possession and controlled the ball and our defense played good,” North Murray coach Matt Chambers said. “We had a couple of shots we should have finished, but overall we did good. Something we needed to work on from last year was keeping possession and we definitely did that today.”

Ringgold girls 1, North Murray 0: The Lady Mountain-eers fell to 0-7 overall and in Region 5-3A play with the home loss, but North Murray coach Justin Frazier was encouraged by the effort for his young team.

“We opened up with Ringgold in game one this season and lost to them 7-0, so this is a great benchmark for our progress,” he said, noting that while defensive improvement has been solid the offense must also get better. “... I’m pleased with the way the girls played.”

Dalton JV boys 6, Ooltewah 0: Justin Macias led the way with a hat trick for the Cats (4-1), while Hernan Saldana, Christian Saldana, Francisco Rodriguez each had one goal. Francisco Hernandez and Isai Hernandez each had two assists, while Samuel Fraire and Leuri Fraire shared the shutout in goal and Dalton outshot its visitors 22-1.

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