The Schuyler Central High School boys soccer team continued to pick up steam with three victories last week pushing their season record to 4-2. They defeated York 3-2 in overtime on the road on March 25 clobbered Columbus Lakeview 7-0 at the Schuyler Central soccer complex the following night then edged the Bennington Badgers 1-0 on the road last Thursday.
In the Central Conference tilt against York, Greg Ramon scored in the 8th minute with an assist from Marco Alarcon to take an early 1-0 lead but York countered with a goal to knot the score 1-1 at halftime.
In the 48th minute, the Warriors scored again on an unassisted goal by Roberto Pedro following a score by York earlier in the half to tie the game at 2-2. From that point the match turned into a defensive struggle featuring the fine play of goalkeepers Juan Gonzalez of Schuyler and Chase Collingham of the Dukes. Gonzalez ended with six saves while Collingham was credited with eight.
It took an overtime goal by Schuyler’s Emannuel Zuniga on an assist from Jesus Maganda in the 87th minute to put the Warriors ahead to stay at 3-2.
Following the match SCHS head coach Lyndon Beebe commented, “We gave up another early goal and had to work really hard to score and force overtime. We are struggling to put the ball in the net. We are doing a better job of moving the ball from the back to the front and getting some good scoring opportunities. We just need to finish.”
Against the Vikings of Columbus Lakeview the Warriors had no problem putting the ball in the net against their outmanned foe. Schuyler attempted a staggering 43 shots on goal in picking up the conference win.
“We didn’t shoot as well as I had hoped but I was pleased with how we worked to get 43 shots today,” stated Coach Beebe.
The Warriors scored three first half goals to build a huge advantage against the Vikings. Marco Alarcon scored an unassisted goal in the 6th minute making it 1-0 in favor of the hosts. Two minutes later Yonathan Lara set up Greg Ramon with an assist resulting in a 2-0 lead. The final goal of the first half for Schuyler Central came on an unassisted goal by Pedro making it 3-0 at intermission.
Schuyler came out for the second half with the same relentless pressure at both ends of the field they had shown during the first 40 minutes of play. Lara scored a goal with an assist from Maganda in the 45th minute to keep the scoring parade rolling.
Alexis Robles made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal in the 56th minute then Robles dished out an assist on a goal by Alvin Arevalo one minute later making the score 6-0.
Schuyler scored their final game of the match in the 70th minute on an unassisted goal by Yoni Hernandez to close out the romp at 7-0.
Gonzalez and Mario Encarnacion shared time in goal for the Warriors with both keepers receiving credit for three saves each.
Although it would have been hard to convince the Vikings, “I think we are getting pretty fatigued” state Beebe following the match. “This was our fifth match in five days. Luckily we have a pretty deep bench so rotating some guys in when we can has helped us to survive this stretch.”
The fatigue Coach Beebe referred to after his team’s win over Lakeview came to the forefront against the Badgers of Bennington. Schuyler entered the match against an opponent that had struggled out of the gate to a 1-3 record.
It took a direct kick by Jesus Maganda in the 57th minute to save the match for the Warriors as they returned home with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
Schuyler combined a great defensive effort with an impressive performance in goal by Juan Gonzalez to offset the explosive offense they had enjoyed in their previous match.
“This was our 6th match in seven days,” said Beebe, “so needless to say, we are a tired soccer team. We are finding some answers to who and where we can play some guys on defense which is great. So, this stretch of having so many matches in a short period of time has been a good experience for us.”
The Warriors have home matches against Seward on Thursday and against Lincoln Lutheran on Tuesday, April 9th.