Hobbton’s soccer team didn’t play as well as their coach had hoped in their conference opener against Pender Monday night, but they played well enough to get a 4-0 sweep.
“It wasn’t their best game,” stressed coach Bryan Martinez. “When they first started playing, they looked really lost. They weren’t communicating and the defense was sluggish. As the game progressed, they got a little better, but we weren’t where I had hoped we’d be.”
Hobbton scored two of its goals in the first half, both by veteran player Eber Gomez, one of them assisted by Bertis Belardo.
In the second period, Martinez said the Wildcats started playing more like a team. “They were talking a lot more, and the defense woke up. They looked better as the second half progressed.”
After the break, Gomez got his third goal of the night and offered an assist on another, this one put in the back of the net by teammate Dalin Ruis.
“It wasn’t a great game, but it was a good win,” Martinez stressed.
Hobbton moves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference. They play host to James Kenan’s Tigers for their second conference game of the season Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.