Even though Cleveland’s soccer season has been virtually nonstop since it began, the team is taking it in stride and racking up victories as they go.
“We’ve now played seven games in 10 days, which is a lot for sure,” Cleveland head coach John Brose said.
The Raiders added another win to their record Friday night when they defeated the Silverdale Seahawks 3-1 at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex.
On Thursday night, Cleveland pulled out a 1-0 win over Boyd-Buchanan in what was described by Brose as an extremely evenly matched and physical match.
Following Thursday’s win, five members of the varsity team fell ill and were unable to play on Friday night. The sickness was a sidenote though, as the Raiders were able to dominate the majority of the match with the Seahawks.
“With all the sickness and to turn around and play the next day I’m proud of my guys and the heart and effort they’ve put into the last two weeks,” Brose commented.
Anfernee Avila got Cleveland on the board with an unassisted goal coming eight minutes into the game.
The next Raider goal was scored by Alex Rodriguez off of a free kick from Brandon Romero with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
A rebound from the Silverdale goalkeeper presented Rosmel Gallo the opportunity to net a third goal for Cleveland in the second half.
The Seahawks were only able to score one goal, which came about 60 minutes into the game.
“They (Silverdale) worked hard and were able to get one back making it interesting. The lesson learned for us was that we’ve got to put them away early, otherwise it helps them to build some confidence,” Brose explained.
The Raiders made sure that the Seahawks’ goalie was kept busy with numerous shots and scoring attempts.
“We played well but it was just one of those games where we just couldn’t finish. We had lots of shots on goal,” Brose stated. “There were lots of opportunities to put them away in the second half, especially early on to put it out of reach, but it just didn’t fall for us.”
Cleveland’s grueling schedule will take a brief break, giving the team time to rest up.
“Now we get a week off for spring break and hopefully get healthy. We turn around and open with district play when we get back,” Brose said. “We’ve learned a lot about ourselves and I think we’re ready to start the district play.”
The Raiders will get their District 5-AAA play under way when they host McMinn County on April 2, at 7 p.m.
Halftime score: 2-0
Goals: Cleveland: Anfernee Avila, Alex Rodriguez, Rosmel Gallo
Assists: Brandon Romero
Record: Cleveland 5-2