Hohenfels tops Schweinfurt to stay perfect
SCHWEINFURT, Germany – The Hohenfels boys soccer team captured its third win of the season in as many tries Saturday, defeating the Schweinfurt Razorbacks 2-1.
The Region III game saw Hohenfels pepper the Schweinfurt defense with shot after shot only to be denied by unlucky shooting and a spectacular effort in goal by Roberto Bachelor. The Schweinfurt keeper snagged eight first-half saves on his way to 15 before the final whistle.
“Soccer is a funny game,” Hohenfels coach Shawn Rodman said after seeing his team take the first 14 shots of the game only to fall behind 1-0 when John Carmona of Schweinfurt launched a brilliant strike from just inside the penalty area, in one of two attempts on goal for the Razorbacks in the first half.
The Tigers did not panic, though, according to Rodman and came back in the second half.
“The first half we were pretty much asleep. I guess in the second half we woke up,” said Devon Fluker, a senior striker for the Tigers. Fluker was part of the wake-up call about 10 minutes into the second half when he slid past the Schweinfurt defense and sent a low shot past Bachelor to tie the game.
Fluker threatened the defense all game, sending shots just wide or just over the crossbar on several occasions. It looked as if he would help his team take the lead minutes later only to send a shot soaring high.
But a continuous surge from the Hohenfels midfielders gave the Tigers the chance they needed with about 15 minutes to play when Andrew Junior was fouled inside the penalty area.
Senior captain Jacob Witty easily sunk in the penalty kick, which proved to be the game winner.
“We just need to continue with our game plan and we will do fine in the region,” said Witty, who is looking forward to proving his team’s success next weekend against Division I opponent Heidelberg.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Razorbacks captured their first win of the season in decisive fashion putting together an offensive showcase in a 5-1 over the Lady Tigers.
At the start it appeared the Tigers would be making a move to their first win of the season after a quick goal by Justice Moore. She took a shot after the ball got away from the Schweinfurt keeper after Alexis Perryman’s shot.
The celebration was short lived as the Razorbacks answered with four goals before the half ended. A combination of strong midfield play by Marissa Speakman and Heather Smith put the ball at the feet of Alyssa Isom and Trish Peace-Valverde. The striker duo combined for three goals and three assists in the first half.
Speakman scored the only goal of the second half from just outside the penalty area. Speakman’s dominant performance came as no surprise to the Schweinfurt coaches.
“She is just in complete control when she has the ball,” coach Chris Bradford said.
Bradford said his offense is holding its own and the first win was just what the team needed to supply momentum to get its season on the right track.
“This confidence will be getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses,” he said.