The Hobbton Wildcats men’s soccer team has been on a tear all year and that hasn’t changed during the playoffs. They shut out second round opponent Rosewood at home Saturday 5-0, blowing the game wide open in the second half.
The Wildcats started out slow, scoring just one of their five goals in the first half, with the coach noted that jitters played a big part.
“We looked really nervous in the first 20 minutes of the game, even though we scored early in the first half,” said Hobbton head coach Jonathan Jacobs.
The fact that the Wildcats hadn’t played in 10 days since their first round win also was likely a contributing factor, Jacobs said.
“I blame a lot of that on not playing for 10 days,” said Jacobs. “We still did a good job of possessing the ball in the first, it just wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it to be.”
The second half was a completely different story as Hobbton rallied off four goals, regaining that sharpness that they’ve played with all year.
“We went into the half up 1-0 and in the second half we turned it on and scored four goals,” Jacobs continued. “The sharpness that was missing in the first half picked up in the second — that was the key for us to score more goals. Rosewood came to play though. I give a lot of credit to them and their goalkeeper, who made five great saves.”
Goals came from Victor Aguirre, who had two, along with Jared Sanchez, Emmanuel Lopez and Ramiro Perez, who each had one. Uriel Cruz and Jair Sanchez led the way in assists, notchingtwo apiece.
The Hobbton Wildcats will be on the road Wednesday for the third round of the playoffs, when they face Research Triangle.
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