By Diana Lewis
The Chestatee boys soccer program turned a grey evening into a bright start to their region matches.
Uriel Rocha found the back of the net twice in the first half for the War Eagles (4-2-1, 2-0) in a 2-0 victory over Blessed Trinity on Friday night in Gainesville, which broke a first-place tie between the two programs in Region 7-4A.
“We moved the ball real well, better than we have against these guys (Blessed Trinity) in the past,” Chestatee coach Michael Herrin said. “The creativity and the combinations we created up top helped us get the win tonight.”
It was from the muddy start for the War Eagles as they struggled to keep possession in the middle of the field, causing several unwanted turnovers. Turnover issues that were eventually solved by the War Eagles defense, led by senior Jeyson Garcia. Building from the back line, Garcia pushed the ball up to the middle of the field and then sprinted attackers forward.
After the opening goal 15 minutes in the first half, the War Eagles were able to find their rhythm.
“I’m really happy with my performance tonight,” Rocha said. “But what I’m most happy with is the way my team played and the chances they created for me up top.”
Blessed Trinity’s attack was as persistent as the rain that caused a pair of weather delays.
The War Eagles struggled to retain their rhythm in the second half, allowing the Titans five corners within 20 minutes.
“I would love to see this game on a dry field for both teams to really show their full potential,” said Herrin. “With this win, we are really encouraged and hope to stay on top.”
Chestatee hosts Flowery Branch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for another region matchup.
To open the night, Chestatee’s girls fell to Blessed Trinity, 10-0.