The Schuyler Central High School boys soccer team continued their early season success as they won three matches last week to improve their season record to 6-0 joining Elkhorn South and Norris as the only three unbeaten Class B soccer teams remaining in the state.
The Warriors were tested by both conference foes York and Columbus Lakeview. They defeated the Dukes by a score of 3-0 after being tied 0-0 late into the contest on Monday then followed that up with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Vikings at Wilderness Park in Columbus on Tuesday.
Schuyler concluded its 3-0 week with a convincing 6-0 victory over the visiting Bennington Badgers.
In the match against York, the Warriors were on the offensive for most of the first half but had a difficult time slipping the ball past the Dukes 6-4 goal keeper, Tyler Cast as the two teams settled in for a 0-0 first half deadlock. SCHS head coach Lyndon Beebe said of the first half action, “We did everything right except beat the keeper.”
The two teams continued to battle to a scoreless draw until the 65th minute of the match when Jorge Ortega scored an unassisted goal to put the Warriors ahead 1-0. The goals then began coming quickly for the Warriors. Gregario Ramon scored three minutes later in the 68th minute with an assist from Ernesto Chacon and Tychique Kutalu found the back of the net in the 72nd minute with another unassisted goal for Schuyler’s third and final goal to close out the 3-0 triumph.
Coach Beebe was thinking overtime as the game entered its final stretch. “It was looking like we might have to play a couple of overtime periods then we just found three quick goals and the game was all but over. You could see after Gregario’s goal that we breathed a collective sigh of relief and then we really got after it.”
Schuyler’s depth once again was a major asset late in the match. “We had a lot of guys play for us tonight” stated Beebe. “We are finding little or no drop off when we sub and that is really important. We need to get some guys in the games early in the season and get them some confidence for when we will need them later in the season.”
The Warriors 2-1 overtime win over 2-3 Columbus Lakeview showed their resilience to pressure and their ability to make good things happen late in a close match.
For the second match in a row the Warriors found themselves deadlocked 0-0 at the halftime break. The upstart Vikings then took the lead midway through the second half at 1-0. As the clock was winding down the Warriors were staring at the reality of seeing their season opening win streak end at four matches but Gregorio Ramon had other ideas. His goal in the 75th minute with less than five minutes remaining in the match knotted the score at 1-1 and gave Schuyler new life.
Midway through the second overtime period Jorge Ortega scored a goal with an assist from Tychique Kutalu in the 92nd minute to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
Following the match, Beebe had praise for the Vikings. “I thought that Lakeview was solid and that they played a very technically sound match. We could have done some things better as we had some shots that should have gone in but didn’t. It was a frustrating match for us. We will use this match as a way of getting better.”
On Thursday the Warriors didn’t need to rely on any late match heroics to defeat the Badgers from Bennington. They scored their first goal less than two minutes into the match on a kick by Jorge Ortega with an assist for Gregorio Ramon to take a 1-0 lead. The air-tight defense by the Warriors took over from there.
Schuyler kept most of the action on the Bennington defensive end of the field with a relentless attack from their forward wall. Aldair Castorena then gave SCHS some breathing room with a goal in the 23rd minute on an assist from Roberto Pedro to make it 2-0. That is the way that the first half ended.
The Warriors peppered Bennington goalkeeper Jonah Katt with four goals in the span of 12 minutes in the second half to put the match out of reach.
Scoring for the Warriors were David Sanchez with an assist from Salvador Roldan in the 54th minute, Ramon with an assist from Pedro Juarez in the 59th minute, Sanchez with an assist from Roldan in the 61st minute, and Roldan with an assist from Castorena in the 66th minute.
Schuyler’s sophomore goal keeper, Juan Gonzalez, allowed only one goal in three matches for the Warriors as he continued to be a stalwart between the pipes.
Following the match Coach Beebe was pleased with his team’s total game performance. “We’re happy to see the team do well in both halves. We had only scored one goal all season in the first half, so we emphasized getting off to a better start and then finishing the contest. I think that we did that tonight.”
The boys travel to Seward on Thursday, April 5th to take on the conference foe Bluejays.