Raiders cruise over Central in blowout
After a tough season opener loss to Roosevelt, the Reynolds High School boys' varsity soccer team was fired up to get right as they hosted Central High School on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The Raiders outplayed the Panthers in nearly every facet of the game. The Reynolds boys seamlessly took command of the match and earned their first win of the season beating Central 4-0.
"They are really like this in every practice," said head coach Allan Berry. "They move the ball nicely, they get up and down the field but this time they actually scored, which they were not doing enough of."
Berry's comments were not unfounded, the Reynolds team's foot-work and passing was extremely precise in the middle of the field and the team dominated with possession. The center was controlled by Raider's midfielders William Ramirez and Angel Dominguez Avalos.
Ramirez said this game against Central showed off what the team could really be. "Our first game we were really unorganized, and no one was talking," Ramirez said. "Today we dominated in the middle. We were all talking and yelling. We bumped heads a bit, but it all worked out."
That control of the middle of the field gave the Raiders ample opportunity to make some runs at the goal. It didn't take long for one of the Reynolds shots to get the back of the net. The first goal came from a forward that came rushing down the left side of the field and gave a playable cross to freshmen midfielder Alex Escamilla.
Escamilla and the rest of the Reynolds boys' team is extremely young, only fielding two seniors with the rest being mostly juniors. "This is a very young team, it will look almost the same next year," Berry said. "We are looking to continue these kids' development because we teach the same things in (Junior Varsity) field as we do here, we just move a little faster."
The Reynolds defense was also a highlight considering how few times they needed to act. However, what few times Central was able to move the ball close to the goalie box, Reynolds center-back Michael Jewett and company were able to snuff out any attempt at a goal.
"It was a lot of shifting work to make sure what happened during our first game at Roosevelt never happened again," Jewett said. "We tried to keep our shifting and the length between us tight and wanted to make sure nothing would break through."
With the defense in the safe hands of Jewett and company, the Raiders just needed to make sure they could get the ball passed the goalie. In the second half the goals started coming in as a depleted Central team couldn't stop the constant attack of the Reynolds' forwards.
Reynolds would score three more goals before the end of regulation. One came off the foot the midfielder Avalos and then one more by senior defender Tyler Sanamane.
The Raiders will be back at home to take on Franklin High School at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Reynolds High School.
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