By Diana Lewis
Gainesville’s boys soccer team had to be persistent Wednesday.
Time and again, viable shots were negated by Chestatee defender Jeyson Garcia.
However, the Red Elephants (5-0) found the back of the net twice, locking up a 2-0 win in Gainesville.
Cesar Ramirez found the back of the net first for Gainesville, then Jose Aguilera iced it with another point from outside the box in the game’s final minute.
Ramirez scored on an opportunistic play when an errant ball was left within his reach, which he gave a swinging motion with his right foot for the score.
“We, honestly, got a bit lucky,” Gainesville coach Elie Viviant said. “We were tired from playing last night and started playing long balls into our forwards, which is not usually our game.”
Despite the loss, Garcia put on a strong showing, keeping a strong line of defense for the War Eagles.
“Jeyson is special” Chestatee head coach Michael Herrin said. “He’s a great asset back there, he plays poised, confident and reads the field so well, he almost makes it look easy.”
Garcia kept things scoreless, heading the ball off the line after Aram Lara chipped goalkeeper Bryan Duran and again with 10 seconds left in the first half, wrecking a two-on-one attack from the Red Elephants.
“We’re playing top-quality opponents but we need to play these guys,” Herrin said. “For us to still be in the game until the last minute shows that we’re getting better.”
On Friday, Gainesville hosts Apalachee to open Region 8-6A play. Chestatee visits North Hall at 7 p.m. Friday.
GAINESVILLE GIRLS 5, CHESTATEE 1: Cindy Bonilla and McKenna Filson scored twice for the Lady Red Elephants (2-2). Alondra Fuerte also scored for Gainesville.
Gainesville visits Mountain View at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.