Schuyler boys third at home Invite
After being shut-out 4-0 in their season opener at Benedictine Mt. Michael on March 21 and dropping a 3-2 decision to Omaha Roncalli Catholic in the opening round of the Schuyler Central High School Soccer Tournament last Saturday, the Schuyler boys exploded for eight goals in an 8-1 triumph over the Plattsmouth Blue Devils in the third-place match.
The Warriors defense rose to the occasion against Mount Michael in the season opener as the two teams were deadlocked at 0-0 at the intermission break.
Schuyler Central head coach Lyndon Beebe wasn’t surprised with the early scoreless action.
“The first half was what we expected,” he said. “We didn’t connect very well and were very tentative on defense.”
Mount Michael came out blazing after halftime as they connected on four goals to put the game out of reach.
Scoring for the hosts were Carson Leahy with two goals, and Joe Chouinard and Jurgen Beller had one goal each. Picking up assists were Sam Corey and Caleb Vincentini.
Temi Adeyemo picked up the shutout victory for the Knights in goal as he was credited with six saves.
“We knew this would be a tough match for us,” commented Beebe. “Mount Michael is a really good team and we have some young players with no varsity experience. We know we’ll be better, and we are excited to see what we can do. I think we will improve each week.”
In the tournament opener against the Crimson Pride from Roncalli, the Warriors appeared to be on their way to victory number one of the season as they rode goals by Yonathon Lara in the eighth minute and Roberto Pedro in the 39th minutes to a 2-1 lead.
Roncalli scored on a penalty kick in the second half to knot the score at 2-2 and take the wind out of the Warriors sails. Schuyler could not find the net again in the second half and Roncalli connected on one more goal to pull out the narrow 3-2 victory.
“We felt pretty good about getting up 2-1 but giving up that penalty kick to Roncalli hurt,” Beebe said. “We figured out some things on defense, and in the second half we played much better, then we lost pressure on their mid field and they hit one on us to put us down one goal.
“I thought we played much better than we had against Mount Michael but mental mistakes cost us this match.”
Against Plattsmouth later in the day, the Warriors scored two goals in the first ten minutes and five goals in the first half to nail down their first victory of the season in awesome fashion.
“This was the type of game we needed after two tough losses” state Beebe of his team’s performance. “We shored up the defense and our midfield took the game over right away. Having this game was important for us to give us some confidence and get back to the style of play that we are used to.”
In the first half, Greg Ramon scored in the fifth minute, Chuy Maganda in the ninth minute, Marco Alarcon in the 29th minute, Geovany Chacon in the 34th minute and Marco DeArcos in the 39th minute to give Schuyler a 5-0 halftime lead.
Second half goals for the Warriors belonged to Yonathon Lara in the 47th minute, Chacon in the 56th minute,and Emanuel Zuniga in the 72nd minute.
Juan Gonzalez and Mario Encarnacion split time between the pipes as goalkeepers for the Warriors and both were credited with three saves in the victory.
The Warriors play at Bennington this Thursday against the Badgers then hit the road again on Tuesday when they travel to Crete to take on a tough Central Conference Cardinal team.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.