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Wildcats limit opponent to two shots in blowout

Posted: December 10, 2008 9:58 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2008 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch first-year boys head soccer coach Mo Burgess said that should the team not allow any shots in a game, he would treat them to dinner.

His team was two shots away from a free meal on Wednesday as the Wildcats defeated Campbell Hall of North Hollywood at West Ranch High 5-0.

The Wildcats (4-0-1) held the Vikings (0-1-1) to one shot in the first half and one shot in the second half in a dominating defensive performance.

“We are definitely stronger defensively this year,” said senior midfielder Steven Delgado. “We pressure a lot and our goal is to not give up a shot a game.”

Although the team didn’t meet its goal in this contest, West Ranch still had a lot to celebrate.

In the first minute of the game, West Ranch struck on a 10-yard shot from senior Felipe Restrepo.

Although it would be the only goal of the first half, West Ranch continued to aggressively control the game.

The Wildcats took 15 shots to Campbell Hall’s one in the first half.

Burgess addressed the team at halftime and said they needed to be more aggressive and close the Vikings out.

The team listened.

The Wildcats clamped down and blew the game open in the second half.

West Ranch opened up the scoring in the 46th minute after Delgado’s 25-yard shot from the middle.

“(After halftime) we just told ourselves to calm down and play our game,” Delgado said. “We just needed to relax and finish.”

And finish they did.

The Wildcats were back on the attack in the 50th minute as sophomore Jacob Jordan pressured with a shot on goal.

A minute later, Jordan would score from the goal box and West Ranch pulled ahead 3-0.

A penalty kick from Restrepo in the 54th minute put the Wildcats up 4-0 and the team would score one more time after a 10-yard shot from Billy Morales in the 61st minute.

Vikings goalkeeper Michael Toomin made numerous saves to keep his team from falling even further behind.

However, Toomin’s efforts were not enough to overcome the Wildcats’ formidable offense.

“He stayed strong and made some good saves,” said Campbell Hall head coach T.J. Gooding of Toomin. “We really stuck with them in the first half. Our defense forced them to be creative and I’m proud of that.”

In five games, West Ranch has not given up more than four shots in the second half.

“We know we have to be able to finish,” Burgess said. “We have to be able to put easy teams away.”

The Wildcats will travel to Quartz Hill to compete in the Lancaster Tournament beginning on Friday.


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