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Johnson earns pair of shutouts over East Hall
Knights win 3-0, Lady Knights 10-0
East Hall’s Niko Andrade, right, and Johnson High’s Ariel Mejia battle for position during the first half of their Wednesday evening game at East Hall Stadium. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

Johnson beat East Hall 3-0 on Tuesday night, but the score doesn't serve justice to the way the Knights dominated the non-region game from start to finish.

Manuel Aguilar, Juan Morfin and Edgar Ochoa each scored for the third-ranked Knights (7-0), who had 10 other shots that just missed the mark.

The Vikings (2-2-1) were outshot 21-4.

"We missed a lot of shots," Ochoa said. "We had a lot of opportunities playing toward the flank. We had a lot of shots from the outside and a lot of through balls off corner kicks too.

"But a 3-0 win is pretty good."

The Knights' first goal came with 7:48 left in the first half, when Morfin kept the ball alive around three defenders just outside the penalty box, before losing it inside, where Aguilar was standing to knock the ball in.

Six minutes later, Morfin took advantage of a bad Vikings pass near midfield, turning it into a breakaway situation before slowing down and setting a shot with three defenders on him. His shot went in and the Knights led 2-0 heading in to halftime.

"It's non-region game, so it's hard sometimes for the kids to come out with the same intensity knowing it doesn't have any implication on state," Knights coach Brian Shirley said. "But the kids rose up and met the challenge."

The game's final goal came with 18:45 remaining, when Ochoa knocked in a rebound off a free kick.

The Vikings had a few open looks at the goal, but their shots often sailed far past the goal.

"Just didn't get it in the goal," Vikings coach Chris Horton said. "That happens in soccer sometimes."

Vikings keeper Abel Olvera finished with 11 saves.

Johnson hosts Franklin County and East Hall travels to Union County, with both matches at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The girls kick off at 5:30 p.m..

JOHNSON GIRLS 10, EAST HALL 0: The Lady Knights (6-0-1) got five goals from Kayla Madsen and two from Leslie Moon in a rout that came to a mercy-rule ending with 22:44 left to play.

The Lady Vikings fell to 1-4.

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