NM Soccer Tops North Rowan
The North Moore soccer team downed visiting North Rowan 7-2 Thursday to earn its ninth victory of the season.
The win was a perfect way to mark Senior Night for the team. Six seniors — Oscar Ramirez, Jose Peralta, Juan Carlos Garcia, Junior Lopez, Noe Ramirez and Jared McNeill — were honored in a ceremony following the match.
The Mustangs controlled the match throughout, creating many scoring opportunities en route to opening up a 4-0 lead at the half. Oscar Ramirez and Alejandro Mendoza scored two goals apiece in the opening frame.
McNeill, who had an assist on Mendoza’s first goal, reflected on the season and what he’ll take away from it.
“Just the experience, of course, what I’ve learned about soccer and all the attributes that I’ve learned, the characteristics of my play,” he said. “I think it was fun.”
The Mustangs came out shooting and got on the board when Oscar Ramirez smashed home a ball from Mendoza on a breakaway. About three minutes later, Mendoza scored himself. McNeill and Tristen Matthews assisted.
Mendoza scored again in the 18th minute when he blasted a ball delivered from Matthews from 20 yards out into the upper left portion of the goal. Oscar Ramirez scored his second goal just over a minute before the half on another long-range shot from just outside the 18-yard box.
Early in the match, Noe Ramirez fired a shot that ricocheted off both posts and bounced out of the goal. But nine minutes into the second half, he found the net with a similar shot that bounced off the left post and sneaked just inside the right side to make the score 5-0.
Cesar Rojo cashed in on a free kick from Jose Peralta — who played in goal in the first half and in the field for most of the second — that got away from the North Rowan keeper.
Gerbacio Cabrera scored the final goal for the Mustangs with about two minutes to go in the match from about 30 yards out.
Both North Rowan goals came in the second half.
The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 9-7-1 record, and will find out if they are state playoff-bound early this week.
The 2010 campaign marked a couple of firsts for the North Moore program. Early in the season, the ’Stangs notched the first win over Jordan Matthews in program history, as well as the first ever victory at conference-foe Albemarle. Head coach Michael Shamberger presented the six seniors with a medal with those accomplishments engraved on it.
Shamberger praised his team for its ability to overcome adversity — including injuries and losing players — and said he’ll remember this squad fondly.
“Good leaders, good guys,” he said. “That’s probably what I’ll remember the most. Not just these seniors, but the whole team. They had a lot of fun. This was one funny and fun group.”
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