April 15, 2014

Prep roundup: Bruins set up region semis vs. Southeast

With a roller coaster regular season behind it, Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team is back in its comfort zone.

After surviving a scoreless first half — and Mother Nature — in the first round of Tuesday’s Region 7-4A playoffs at River Ridge, the Bruins made the most of the wind at their backs and picked up a 3-0 win against the Sub-region 7A champions in chilly conditions in Woodstock.

Nicolas Infante scored twice, while Enzo Lavecchia added the other goals for the Bruins (6-6-3), who finished fourth in Sub-region 7B-4A and clinched a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs with Tuesday’s victory. The loss ended the season for River Ridge, which finishes with an 8-4-3 record, according to results posted at eurosportscoreboard.com.

Bryan Villa had assists on the first two goals and Miguel Villa earned the final assist when his goal kick perfectly led Infante toward a breakaway score.

Northwest, which took 15 shots to River Ridge’s six, will make its third straight appearance in the state playoffs. But with two rounds of the region playoffs remaining, their seeding isn’t set yet. The Bruins play at Southeast Whitfield in the region semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“I feel like it’s a great win,” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “We’re the fourth seed and beat the No. 1 seed from down here. They haven’t lost to anyone down here.”

Facing “consistent” 30 mph winds, Scoggins said, Northwest had to fend off River Ridge’s attack for the first 40 minutes. He said doing so provided a confidence boost akin to leading the match, even if the scoreboard read 0-0.

“We were going to come out — if we had a chance to score, do so — and make sure we’d keep it 0-0 at the half,” Scoggins said. “... You felt if you could hold the wind in your face, then you’d have an advantage heading into the second half.”

The first score came in the first five minutes of the second half, with the second and third goals around the halfway point.

Northwest goalkeeper Jose Marquez made three saves.

Northwest girls 5, Gilmer 0: The Lady Bruins (9-2) kept possession of the ball for roughly 80 percent of the first half but had nothing to show for it. The ball finally started finding the net in the second half and Northwest won its opening match in the Region 7-4A playoffs.

Ashley Huyhn and Vanessa Lara each had a pair of goals as the Lady Bruins, the No. 2 seed from Sub-region 7B-4A, outshot the Lady Bobcats, the 7A-4A No. 3 seed, 31-3 for the night. Cynthia Coronel scored as well, while Yami Vaca added a pair of assists.

The win earns Northwest a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs for the second year in a row. The Lady Bruins will play the winner of Tuesday’s River Ridge-LaFayette game on Thursday in the region semifinals, traveling to River Ridge or hosting LaFayette.

Dalton boys 10, Cass 0: The Catamounts (15-0-1) didn’t take as long as other local teams to clinch a spot in the Class 4A state tournament.

They only needed 54 minutes.

The top seed from Sub-region 7B-4A, Dalton led 5-0 at halftime and scored five times in 14 minutes to earn a win in the first round of the Region 7-4A playoffs at home.

Edgar Hernandez and Jesus Huitanda each scored twice, while Eder Mora contributed four assists and Kobe Perez, Javier Rodriguez and Manny Solis each had one goal and one assist. Justen Macias, Salvador Rodriguez and Josh Satterfield each scored once, while Isai Hernandez also had an assist.

Dalton, which hosts the winner of Cedartown and Heritage-Catoosa in Thursday’s region semifinals, took 25 shots and didn’t allow any.

Cass girls 2, Dalton 0: Although Dalton put together a better showing than in its first meeting with the Lady Colonels, it wasn’t enough to advance in the Region 7-4A playoffs or prolong the season for the Lady Cats (9-5-1), whose year ended with the road loss.

Dalton, the No. 3 seed from Sub-region 7B-4A, was outshot 14-13 by Cass — 7A-4A’s runner-up — but was helped by Lady Cats keeper Alex Brumbelow. She recorded seven saves.

Dalton, which lost 5-0 to Cass during the regular season, will miss the state playoffs for the second year in a row.

Murray County boys 4, Coosa 2: Jose Ruiz scored twice and Fernando Arias contributed a goal and an assist as the Indians (11-3, 11-2 Region 7-2A) won in Rome.

Cesar Romero added the other goal for Murray County, which led 2-1 at halftime.

Murray County girls 2, Coosa 0: Morgan Devitt and Vivian Gamboa scored second-half goals and Halen Thomas recorded 10 saves to lead the Lady Indians (5-9-1, 5-9-1 Region 7-2A) to victory in Rome.

Morris Innovative boys, 3, Pepperell 0: After a scoreless first half in Lindale, the Tigers (10-5, 10-4 Region 7-2A) broke open the match and earned their first double digit-win season in the program’s three-year history.

David Solis notched the match’s first goal on a corner kick, Elmer Hernandez assisted Luis Perez on the second goal and Hernandez closed the scoring in the final 10 minutes on Eduardo Padilla’s assist. Tigers keeper Oscar Reyes made eight saves and earned the shutout.

Pepperell girls 3, Morris Innovative 1: Sabrina Sanchez’s goal in the final 10 minutes helped the visiting Lady Tigers (1-14, 1-13 Region 7-2A) avoid being shut out on the road. Sanchez was assisted by Berenice Hernandez.

Coahulla Creek boys 3, Sonoraville 2: The Colts (10-3-1, 8-3 Region 5-3A) led 3-1 on the road before their opponents scored a late goal.

Eddie Serrato, Alex Vivar and Gustavo Mendiola each scored for Coahulla Creek. Jo-An Barcenas and Adrian Rodriguez earned assists and Missael Fraire made six saves.

Coahulla Creek girls 4, Sonoraville 1: Playing on the road, Regina Pacheco recorded a hat trick and assisted cousin Melanie Pacheco on the final goal for the Lady Colts (6-9, 6-7 Region 7-2A), who were in action for the first time since March 27.

Melissa Cabrera recorded seven saves for Coahulla Creek, which led 2-1 at halftime.

North Murray boys 3, Cartersville 2: Victor Iturbero scored the winning goal in extra time for the visiting Mountaineers (10-1, 9-1 Region 5-3A), who moved into sole possession of first place in the league standings.

All goals came after halftime. Iturbero scored the match’s first with an assist from Neto Rodriguez, while Arturo Garcia scored North Murray’s second goal with an assist from Jacob Dotson.

Trion boys 5, Christian Heritage 1: Cameron Hawkins scored the lone goal for the host Lions (0-10) in the second half.

Trion, which led 3-0 at halftime, outshot Christian Heritage 23-12.

Christian Heritage girls 2, Trion 0: Jordan Suddath scored once in the first half and once in the second half as the Lady Lions (3-8-1) earned a home win. Sarah Massengale made eight saves to earn the shutout.

• Results from North Murray’s girls match at Cartersville were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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