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April 22, 2014

Prep roundup: Colts beat Mountaineers on PK’s

Tuesday night was the third time in a row that the Coahulla Creek and North Murray high school boys soccer teams have faced each other and played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.

In the previous two meetings, North Murray won on penalty kicks.

This time, the Colts earned some revenge with a 4-2 shootout victory on the Mountain-eers’ field.

Adrian Rodriguez, Jo-An Barcenas, Martin Garcia and Pedro Garcia all converted penalty kicks for the Colts (12-3-1, 11-3 Region 5-3A), who entered the game tied for second in the region with Cartersville.

North Murray, which has clinched the Region 5-3A championship regardless of the outcome of today’s home match with Gordon Central, got successful penalty kicks from Jose Luis Rangle and Victor Iturbero, but Coahulla Creek goalie Missael Fraire made four saves in regulation and blocked one of North Murray’s penalty kick attempts.

Garcia’s kick clinched the win.

“The defense played phenomenal,” Coahulla Creek coach Eric Parker said.

Manuel Gonzalez had six saves in goal for the Mountaineers (12-2, 11-2 Region 5-3A), who had eight shots on goal.

“It was a great game, we are just used to being on the other end of it,” North Murray coach Matt Chambers said. “It was not the way that we wanted it to go, but we are still the region champions.”

Coahulla Creek girls 3, North Murray 0: Regina Pacheco had all three goals for the Lady Colts, while Melanie Pacheco had an assist in the last game of the regular season for Coahulla Creek’s girls.

Melissa Cabrera earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Colts (6-10, 6-8 Region 5-3A), while Amber Bandy made eight saves for the Lady Mountaineers (3-9-1, 3-9 Region 5-3A).

Calhoun boys 5, Morris Innovative 0: The Tigers kept Region 7-2A champion Calhoun scoreless for 38 minutes and then made one mistake.

From there, it snowballed in the second half as the Yellow Jackets won at home.

Morris Innovative (11-6, 11-5 Region 7-2A) will be the No. 4 seed from the region for the state playoffs and will travel to face the No. 1 seed from Region 5 in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament on May 1.

Calhoun girls 10, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Tigers finished 2-15 overall and 2-14 in Region 7-2A play this season with the road loss.

Murray County boys 7, Chattooga 1: Jose Ruiz had four goals and an assist as the Indians wrapped up their Region 7-2A schedule with a win at home.

Other goal scorers for the Indians (13-4, 13-3 Region 7-2A) were Fernando Arias, Alejandro Ramirez and Cesar Romero, while Eric Soto also had an assist. Murray County is the region’s No. 2 seed for the Class 2A state playoffs and will host the No. 3 seed from Region 5-2A on May 1.

Murray County girls 7, Chattooga 1: Sandra Ramirez had a hat trick and an assist to lead the host Lady Indians (7-9-1, 7-9 Region 7-2A) in their season finale. Morgan Devitt added two goals and an assist, while Vivian Gamboa also had a pair of goals for Murray County.

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