Hobbton had the hot foot Tuesday night, scoring 9 goals in their routing of visiting Neuse Charter. It is the team’s second win of the season in only three outings.
The young Wildcats, their coach Bryan Martinez said, showed more passion in Tuesday’s home game, something he thought had been lacking in their other matches so far this season. And, he added, they were working together like a team.
“I thought they did a better job overall,” Martinez said after the game, called early in the second period because Hobbton had reached the 9-goal mark that new high school rules say halts play.
“They were moving the ball better, and more; they were talking more; and they were working harder. They even extended their play more. All of that was good.”
Hobbton got on the scoreboard early and often in the first half, hitting the back of the net 5 times before the intermission.
They would score 4 more goals in the second half, ending the game early.
Scoring for the Wildcats were Jose Delgado, 1; Jonny Velardo, 1; Efrain Velardo, 1; Eber Gomez, 2; Dalin Ruiz, 1; Andrew Molina, 1; Iver Menundo, 1; and Arlinghton Castillo, 1.
“I’m seeing more improvement with every game,” Martinez said of his team. “We’ll see how they do Thursday when we play Spring Creek again.”
Hobbton’s only loss came to Spring Creek earlier this season by 1 goal.
Martinez said when the ‘Cats play the non-conference match Thursday, they need to be more aggressive and more passionate. The fact that Hobbton will be playing at home, he said, should get them hyped up and ready to go, adding to their chances of having a good game.
“We’ve got to play tough, talk more, play aggressively, be passionate about what we’re going. If we can do that, we may see a difference,” Martinez stressed.
The Hobbton-Spring Creek game begins at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Conference play begins next week. Hobbton is now 2-1 overall.