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BOYS SOCCER: Warriors strong in 5-1 victory over Corvallis (9/25/2012)
October 14, 2012By Steve McCrea of Cleveland High School
Cleveland 5, Corvallis 1
You could feel it coming the last two games - the Cleveland Boys' Soccer team was about to start scoring some goals. And score they did Tuesday night, both early and often, as they defeated the visiting Corvallis Spartans 5-1 at Cleveland Field.
The Warriors first goal came in just the third minute of play, as senior Nick Van Marter headed a corner kick back across the goal to junior Mudy Abdikadir, who kicked it home for an early 1-0 lead. Cleveland controlled the ball well throughout the half, creating a number of scoring opportunities, and junior keeper Hubie Charman didn't have a lot of work until the middle of the first half. The Warriors seemed to lose focus for just a few minutes around that point, but it was long enough for Spartan senior Patrick Corrigan to hammer home a hard shot from just outside the 18 in the 26th minute of play.
After Coach Scott Killen delivered what players report to have been an unusually emphatic halftime pep talk, the Warriors came out fired up and started the second half fighting for every ball. Early in the second half, junior Mohammed Abdikadir added Cleveland's second goal of the evening on a header off a throw-in by junior Max Warmington, who filled in admirably at right defense for injured senior Collin Faunt. Nine minutes into the half, Cleveland again connected when junior Daniel Merchant sent a lovely cross through the box to a charging Mudy Abdikadir, who shot it home for his second goal of the night.
It was all Cleveland for the rest of the game. In the 67th minute, Warmington again put a throw-in six yards in front of the goalkeeper, and senior Cameron Craig headed it home for the Warriors. Nick Van Marter finished off the scoring in the 77th minute with a left-footed shot from the top of the box, on an assist by Cameron Craig.
The Warriors back four, again looked strong, along with another solid perfomance in goal by junior keeper, Hubie Charman. The Warriors have allowed only two goals from the field in their last three games (excluding two iffy PKs awarded to Sherwood late in last Tuesday's match). With today's outburst of scoring, Cleveland looks like they are coming together just in time for the start of their league matches next week.
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Cleveland travels to McMinnville Thursday to take on another challenging 6A squad, the McMinnville Grizzlies.