Win moved Weed to No. 2 in soccer

Ron Borges
Weed’s Omar Fernandez, left, battles with an Etna player in a their final regular season game in Weed, a 2-1 Cougar win.

After a 2-1 comeback win against the Etna Lions Tuesday of last week, the Weed High soccer team moved into the No. 2 seed for the Shasta Cascade League tournament that is being held this week.

“This game was one of the best teamwork displays that I have seen our team demonstrate from beginning to end,” Weed coach Mike Gilmore said. “They played hard the entire game, passed the ball and communicated more than usual.”

Weed was scheduled to play Fall River under the lights at their own Legion Field last night, with the winner advancing to face the winner of Mount Shasta/Trinity in the finals at the home of the higher seed.

Being down both in points and in morale to start the second half of last week’s game, Weed would score twice to clinch their spot.

Usmaro Sanchez score first after dribbling around two defenders and placing it in the top left corner.

Ruben Ducoing came up from his fullback position for the score in the lower left corner.

The Cougars had several missed opportunities in the first half. Salvador Avila had a few chances early in the match but they didn’t pay out because he declined to shoot for an extra dribble.

The team had a little trouble matching up with some of the quicker defenders from Etna. Open opportunities were wasted because passes traveled too far ahead of the players, giving time for Etna defenders to clear or get it to the goalkeeper.

Something the team has been working on passing and working the ball through the defense and it paid off against the Lions.

Ducoing and the defense had another stellar game, stopping two of Etna’s best players, except for the one goal.

“It’s not time to celebrate  yet,” Gilmore said.