By Diana Lewis
West Hall’s Luis Oleuin turned on the jets and scurried past East Hall defenders, striking the ball off the near post before it rolled into the back of the net six minutes into Wednesday’s match in Gainesville.
That was just the start.
Just nine minutes later, Oleuin converted an easy tap-in goal, after the ball was left at his feet, en route to a 5-2 Spartans win.
The long direct through passes of East Hall’s dynamic duo Maury Ibarra and Sergio Turcios proved to be no match for the speed and quick touches of the Spartans attack. Oleuin and holding midfielder Juan Aldaco finished the game with a pair of goals each. Both of Aldaco’s scores came from set pieces.
“He (Juan) possesses the ball well and his ability to turn with it is amazing,” Mata said. “He plays great through balls to our guys up top, especially to Luis (Oleuin) who has great speed.”
Turcios went one-on-one with West Hall goalkeeper and both times just glided the ball past the corner of the goal.
Defensive adjustments from East Hall coach Chris Horton were key in holding the Spartans to only one goal in the second half — a finish from Osman Turcios that came after a defensive miscommunication.
Both Ibarra and Sergio Turcios found the back from the penalty spot late in the second half.
On Friday, West Hall hosts defending Class 5A state champion Johnson.
“Johnson is a strong opponent but this win gave us a lot of confidence going forward,” Spartans coach Isreal Mata said.
East Hall hosts Lakeview Academy at 7 p.m on Wednesday.
EAST HALL GIRLS 3, WEST HALL 2: Carolina Sesmas scored twice and Rosa Montes found the back of the net once for its first win in school history against the Lady Spartans in school history.
Yecenia Santana and Makelvia Holder also had assists, while Kaia Rice had seven saves in goal.