Up early, Hobbton falls to Granville


Wildcats coach: Luck not on our side this time

By David Johnson - Sports Writer



Hobbton’s Jair Sanchez heads the ball during Monday’s contest with Granville Central.


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Hobbton’s Uriel Cruz and Granville’s Josh Martinez battle for the ball along the sidelines. Cruz was credited with an assist on the Wildcats’ lone goal.


David Johnson| Sampson Independent

The Hobbton Wildcats hosted a non-conference soccer match with Granville Central Monday afternoon, losing 2-1 in a hard-fought contest.

The Wildcats scored their one goal in the first half on a goal by Victor Aguille, scoring off an assist by Uriel Cruz. Granville scored their two goals in the second half. With Hobbton unable to find another goal opportunity in the second hal,f they would fall to Granville by one.

“I thought both teams played extremely well,” commented Hobbton coach Jonathan Jacobs. “We had some chances that didn’t fall our way where we could have scored more. Our goalie play a great game.”

“They had two lucky goals, one a penalty kick that could have gone either way and a corner kick that bounced outside the 18-yard line and one of their guys kicked it off one of our guys and it went in,” Jacobs added. “We hit the post and their keeper made a couple of good saves. We also got a couple of offsides that were extremely close where we scored and had them called back.”

“I’m very proud of the way we played. Luck just wasn’t with us this time. We just need to take this and use it as a learning experience for November in the playoffs,” he concluded.

The Wildcats will travel to Neuse Charter Wednesday for a conference match. They stand at 9-4-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference.

Hobbton’s Jair Sanchez heads the ball during Monday’s contest with Granville Central.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_GetFileAttachment-1.jpgHobbton’s Jair Sanchez heads the ball during Monday’s contest with Granville Central. David Johnson| Sampson Independent

Hobbton’s Uriel Cruz and Granville’s Josh Martinez battle for the ball along the sidelines. Cruz was credited with an assist on the Wildcats’ lone goal.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_Uriel-Cruz-1.jpgHobbton’s Uriel Cruz and Granville’s Josh Martinez battle for the ball along the sidelines. Cruz was credited with an assist on the Wildcats’ lone goal. David Johnson| Sampson Independent
Wildcats coach: Luck not on our side this time

By David Johnson

Sports Writer

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