|Rebel skipper in familar position |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:11 pm |
|Obion Central soccer coach Daniel Johnston knows this drill. |
His Rebel boys’ team doesn’t.
The OC skipper has already taken one team — the girls’ squad in the fall — to the Region 7A-AA semifinals.
Now, his boys’ squad is headed to the same juncture in the postseason after a 4-1 triumph over Milan on Tuesday.
Up next for the Rebels is Westview — a 5-0 victor over Crockett County — on Thursday at 5 in Martin.
The winning team from that game will gain a berth in the 7A-AA title round and the sectional portion of the postseason.
“I’ve got the experience of knowing what to expect and how much pressure the girls were under when they got this far,” Johnson said. “I think I can help ease some of that with the boys, but I have a group of players that when I tell them to go do something, they go and do it.
“I expect them to go out and give 100 percent and not anything less. We played Westview in the regular season and lost 5-3 but, looking at that game, I know the areas we lacked in and that we could have won it.”
On Tuesday, Eric Torres began Obion Central’s scoring with a header with just 10 minutes gone from the first-half clock off a Tanner Noles throw-in.
About 20 minutes later, Erick Morales kicked a long pass to Juan Mora, who found the net to put OC up 2-0.
Tanner Noles added a goal just before the end of the first half as the Rebels took a 3-0 lead into intermission.
In the second half, Juan Mora found the net for Obion Central’s last goal of the contest.
OC goalie Samuel Smith had 11 saves.
Additionally, Johnston lauded the defensive play of Morales, Will Bright, Humberto Guerrero and Brent Flowers.