March 1, 2014

Soccer roundup: Late first half goal pushes Raiders past rival NW Whitfield

TUNNEL HILL — Considering the events of last season’s Georgia High School Association Class 4A boys soccer state tournament, Northwest Whitfield had plenty of motivation entering Friday’s rivalry match against Southeast Whitfield.

Once the match started, the Raiders looked like the motivated bunch.

Southeast scored three times in a six-minute span and won 4-1 in Sub-region 7B-4A play at Bruin Stadium. In the earlier girls game, neither side scored through the 80 minutes of regulation time but Northwest scored twice in overtime to win 2-0.

In the boys game, with Southeast (3-0, 2-0) already ahead 1-0, the Raiders grabbed a two-goal lead entering halftime when Jonathan Sanchez scored on a give-and-go play with Isael Gutierrez in the 40th minute. That was a deflating end to the first half for Northwest (1-1, 1-1), which was working to avenge a 2-0 overtime loss to Southeast in the semifinals of last year’s state tournament.

Gutierrez made it 3-0 when his header — set up by Victor Garcia’s corner kick — found the net in the 43rd minute. Diego Nuñez finished the Raiders’ scoring with a free kick from 40 yards out that Northwest goalkeeper Jose Marquez misjudged, all but spelling the end for the Bruins.

“Clearly, there is a lot of soccer to be played,” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “I’m going to tell our guys, ‘That was match two out of 18 that we’re guaranteed to play.’ We have a lot of matches left.”

Add in a 17th-minute own goal by Northwest when Garcia’s long throw-in deflected off Marquez’s hands and into the net and the Raiders converted on four of their 25 set plays.

“We try to put (set plays) in our repertoire,” Southeast coach Kevin Kettenring said. “It’s an opportunity on a dead ball, which doesn’t happen often, to (design a play).”

Northwest scored its lone goal when Adrian Mariscal converted a rebound from Miguel Villa’s free kick in the 68th minute.

“I don’t like giving up that goal late,” Kettenring said. “You saw how quick and disciplined they (Northwest) are. They’re well-coached and well-organized. For the last 20 or 30 minutes, they played well. Had they done that all game, we may be talking about something different.”

Southeast took eight shots on goal, while Northwest only had three. Ivan Ortiz, a junior, made one save in net for the Raiders. Marquez, also a junior, made three saves for the Bruins.

Since the beginning of last season, these two teams have played four times. Southeast has won three of those matches, and the visiting team has won all four.

• Northwest girls 2, Southeast 0 (OT): Not until the 82nd minute did the ball finally touch the net.

Juliana Gomez’s shot from just outside the penalty box sailed above the goalkeeper’s head and put the Lady Bruins (4-0, 2-0) ahead with the first goal of the match. Ashlee Huynh assisted Gomez, who made it 2-0 two minutes later.

“They played well,” Northwest coach Melissa Torbett said of her Lady Bruins. “They just didn’t finish well for a long time. Possession was probably 80 or 90 percent for us.”

Northwest took 22 shots, while Southeast (1-2, 0-2) had three shots on goal, with Lady Bruins keeper Gracie Holmes blocking all three.

“We really focused on defense, especially for this game,” Southeast coach Mark Parsons said. “For the first 80 minutes, we did what we wanted. They came out and got one goal and we got deflated after that.”

• Murray County boys 3, Coosa 1 (OT): Tied at 1 to end regulation, Jose Ruiz scored twice in extra time to lead the Indians (3-0, 3-0 Region 7-2A) at home.

Ruiz also scored in regulation time, giving him a hat trick and 12 goals through the season’s first three games. He was assisted by Fernando Arias in the first five minutes, but Coosa tied the game just before halftime. Ruiz scored in extra time on a free kick and a penalty.

Roberto Zuniga had five saves.

“It was a bit chippy,” Indians coach Marco Burgueno said, “but the guys kept their cool and I was glad to get the win in extra time.”

• Coosa girls 2, Murray County 2 (3-0): The Lady Indians fell in penalty kicks in the Region 7-2A match in Rome.

Morgan Devitt scored three minutes into the game and Murray County (1-2, 1-2) led 1-0 at halftime. After Coosa scored twice, Vivian Gamboa scored to tie the game for Murray County.

Paxton Dolly made nine saves for the Lady Indians.

“It’s one of those losses that hurts,” Murray County coach Mandy Ledford said.

• Morris Innovative boys 4, Model 1: A pair of penalty kick conversions and two long shots that found the net gave the Tigers a road win and pushed them north of .500 overall and in Region 7-2A.

David Solis started the scoring for Morris Innovative (3-2, 3-2) with a score from 37 yards out on a free kick and Elmer Hernandez added a second-half goal from 26 yards away. Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Padilla each scored on a penalty kick for the Tigers — Beltran in the first half, Padilla in the second half — who put together a strong team effort, coach Ernie Dempsey said.

Dempsey said every player on the roster saw action.

“We messed around and gave up a bad goal,” Dempsey said, “but most of the night we kept the pressure on.”

• Model girls 10, Morris Innovative 0: With their lineup at full strength three days after having to forfeit because of a lack of available players, the Lady Tigers (0-5, 0-5 Region 7-2A) lost on the road.

Berenice Hernandez had two shots on goal for Morris Innovative.

Because of the Georgia High School Association’s 10-goal lead mercy rule, the game was called during the second half. Lady Tigers coach Irene Quintero said the scoreboard clock wasn’t operational and she was unsure of how much time remained in the game.

• Dalton girls 8, Cedartown 0: The Lady Cats (2-1-1) scored seven goals in the first half and rolled to a mercy-rule shortened game.

Paty Hernandez scored two minutes into the game and the floodgates opened from there. Alondra Salaises and Liz Cloud each had a pair of goals, with Nallely Carrizales, Deanna Marquez and Saby Torres also scoring for Dalton, which had 26 shots on goal to none for Cedartown.

• Walker boys 7, Christian Heritage 0: The visiting Wolverines rolled to the easy win over the Lions (0-3, 0-3 Sub-region 6A-A).

• Walker girls 2, Christian Heritage 1: Jordan Suddath scored a goal in the second half for Christian Heritage (0-3, 0-2 Sub-region 6A-A), which was dominated 46-3 in shots on goal totals but still managed to keep the game close against the Lady Wolverines.

Christian Heritage keeper Sarah Massengale finished with 44 saves.

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