Central doesn’t waste time on Pioneers

Central doesn’t waste time on Pioneers

A heavy favorite against Gibson County in the first round of the Region 7A-AA soccer tournament, Obion Central didn’t mess around.
The once-beaten Rebels scored six first-half goals on their way to a 10-0 rout of the Pioneers Monday evening at Troy.
Now 12-1, OC hosts Westview in a quarterfinal match today at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to Thursday’s 5 o’clock semis against either South Fulton or Milan. SF beat Haywood 2-0 in another first-round match Monday.
The No. 2 seed in the West Division, Central did the expected against the East’s seventh-place team Monday on their home turn.
Ian Miller, Eric Torres, Alberto Vasquez and David Reyna scored two goals apiece and a strong OC defensive effort never allowed a shot on goal.
“We moved the ball well, and I believe we are hitting the playoffs at the right time,” Obion Central head coach Daniel Johnston said of his team’s play. “My older players are showing the work they have put in the last three or four years, and with the addition of some naturally-talented younger players, I believe we are shaping up to be the best team Obion County Central has ever put on the field.
“The leadership that Eric Torres and Erick Morales show on the field brings this team to a level that we haven’t seen in the past. I’m excited for the future of this team. And if we continue to play as we have throughout the season, there is no doubt in my mind we will continue to advance.”
Mario Ramirez and Jackson Smith also found the net in Monday’s lopsided triumph for the Rebels.
Torres had three assists, while Alejandro Ramirez, Eduardo Ramirez, Jose Camacho and Smith also were credited with “helpers.”
“Thankfully, we were able to rest most of my starters before or right after halftime,” Johnston added.
The championship match will be May 14.

Pubished in The Messenger 5.7.13

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