The Hobbton Wildcats men’s soccer team started their conference play on a high note, taking out Neuse Charter 7-2 Thursday afternoon.
The Wildcats got two quick scores in the first half and kept up the pressure for the whole match.
For the Wildcats, Uriel Cruz scored twice. Getting one each were Ramiro Perez, Keller Castillo, Andres Escalera and Victor Aguille. Getting credit for assists were Evan Hope, with two, and Perez, Melvin Cinto and Jared Sanchez with one apiece.
“The game was a little shaky,” said Hobbton coach Jonathan Jacobs. “I feel like Neuse Charter has improved this year.”
“I thought we didn’t play as well as we played Tuesday. I don’t think we moved the ball as good as we are supposed to, which slowed the game down at times. We had a bunch of kicking and running instead of passing and moving and actually playing soccer. We had a bunch of opportunities and should have finished the game. We could have been done at halftime but we didn’t finish our chances. We had a bunch of young people who came on and played a good bit of the game. They did some good things. It helps me to know who can help out in the long run if we have injuries or JV doesn’t have a game, I can bring them up and play varsity,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs also gave credit to Neuse Charter for a hard-fought match.
“I thought Neuse Charter did a good job keeping it compact. They played a high line, the first team we have met that played the high line. They threw our strikers off and they got caught offsides a lot. We made some adjustments and the goals started coming,” continued Jacobs.
The Wildcats are now 3-0-1 on the season. The Wildcats host former conference rival Spring Creek on Tuesday.