|Westview blocks OC’s tourney path |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 7:00 pm |
By RANDY CAVIN
Obion Central soccer team’s run through the postseason came to an end Tuesday at Westview — and with it the season as well.
Westview’s Adam Rein-hard was too much for OC to guard in the second half as he lifted the host Chargers to a 4-1 win over the Rebels.
Eric Torres scored Central’s only goal of the game with five minutes remaining in a defensive first half by both teams. Torres experience some back trouble near the end of the first half and Rebel head coach Daniel Johnston had to limit his play in the second half.
“He had a little trouble after he scored in the first half and I had to pull him out there at the end of the first half,” Johnston said. “It really hurts when he is off the field. That was his 24th goal of the season.”
But Reinhard proved to be the deference maker in the game.
He scored his first of three goals with 10 seconds left in the first half.
“Reinhard has been good all four years he has been here,” Johnston said. “We know what to expect out of him every time. Unless you have the right guy to come along and play defense for you it is hard to match up one-on-one with him. If you try to double team him, there is enough skill on the rest of their team that they are going to be open waiting on the ball.”
Westview’s Nic Fortner made it a 2-1 game five minutes into the second half and Reinhard scored two minutes later to make it 3-1. He scored his third goal of the game with just over 20 minutes to play.
Victor Guerrero tried to make it a two point game with 11 minutes to play when he caught Westview’s goal keeper out of position. Guerrero tried to get the ball into the corner of the net, but his kick was high and the ball sailed just over the top of the goal.
Guerrero played in his last game of his high school soccer career and the Rebels will miss his scoring ability on the field.
“Victor’s touch on the ball is second to none around these parts,” Johnston said. “He is a senior, my goal keeper Samuel Smith is a senior and one of my subs is a senior. So I am losing those three.”
Central had one other chance late in the game when Alex Terrell attempted a free kick with 7:00 left.
Westview’s goal keeper was in perfect position to make the stop.
The Rebels finish the season with a 10-6-1 record and is an improvement from last year’s record.
Published in The Messenger 5.9.12