Raiders score signature win over Central Catholic
6A BOYS SOCCER
Mount Hood Conference
The Reynolds boys soccer team put itself back into the Mount Hood Conference title chase with a resounding 4-0 home win over Central Catholic on Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders grabbed the lead just a few minutes after the opening whistle when Gerardo Mejia looped a corner kick across the front of the goal for Angel Vides, who slashed through the 18-yard box unhindered and punched a header past the goalie.
"We started pressing for a goal right when the whistle blew," Vides said. "We got that one and we were pressing for the next one."
Central Catholic almost scored on a corner kick of its own shortly after the ensuing kickoff, but Reynolds goalie Jose Sanchez spread out and made a save at the post.
The rest of the first half belonged to the Raiders, who sent a flurry of chances at the Central goal but were unable to add to the lead.
Pedro 'Bodo' Calderon launched a shot from the top of the arc that sent Central goalie Sam Goodwill flying for the save. The Raiders got to the rebound, but punched it wide.
A few minutes later, Sergio Tinoco got loose down the left side only to see Goodwill rush out of the goalie box and absorb the blast from point-blank range.
Mejia and Rogelio Uribe Rodriguez combined on a give-and-go to threaten the goal once more, ending with Mejia traveling through three defenders across the top of the 18-yard box before unleashing a low shot that Goodwill deflected wide.
That left Central chasing an equalizer early in the second half, but the Raiders' back line was up to the challenge.
Central's Carter Keyes took a ball deep into the attacking zone, but he was unable to put a foot inside the 18-yard box and three Raider defenders took turns forcing him the width of the field before Mejia chased him out of bounds.
The Rams' best chance came after Leo Poliakoff drew a foul on the right edge of the box, but Central was unable to get on the other end of the close-range free kick.
Central's last chance to climb into contention came in the 50th minute when A.J. Robertson made a long run across the midfield only to have Reynolds' Israel Dolores Zuriaga step up and take the ball cleanly off his cleat before he could put a threat on the goal.
Reynolds put the game out of reach with goals moments apart.
Calderon played a ball to the front where Tinoco deflected a one-timer inside the post, and Rodriguez found the net on the team's next rush to make it a 3-0 lead.
"I told the team to have fun," Calderon said. "We played our style and look at the result."
Reynolds added its final goal in the 69th minute when Tinoco chased after a bouncer down the right side. A Central defender raised his arm in the middle of the field asking for an offsides call. The only problem, he was a step ahead of Tinoco at the time. The Reynolds sophomore gained possession, took a couple dribbles and scored cleanly on the breakaway.
"Central Catholic is a high-quality program — there is a fear factor with them," Reynolds coach Allan Berry said. "But we have a strong, talented group and once they got a couple goals in, you could see belief come into play."
The top four teams in the Mount Hood Conference are three points apart in the standings with No. 2-ranked Reynolds one point behind leader Clackamas.
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