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Boys soccer: WHS edges Southwest 2-0 in tough battle

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EDGERTON — Whenever the Worthington Trojans and Southwest Christian Eagles get together on a soccer field, says WHS head coach Smitty Ektnitphong, “you can throw the records away.”

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So it was no surprise, perhaps, that a winless Southwest Christian team gave Worthington everything it could handle Thursday night. In the end, however, the Trojans prevailed, 2-0, to improve to 2-1-1 on the 2013 season.

In a game that was deadlocked 0-0 at the half, Worthington finally solved Southwest Christian’s defense in the second half for a pair of goals.

The first was tallied 18 minutes into the second half with junior forward Jesus Ordaz on a throw-in and senior Victor Meza side-kicking the ball in the net as it was coming down, at about the 20-yard line.

The second goal was scored by Meza again. He picked up a loose ball at the middle of the field, dribbled past one Southwest Christian defender and rifled the ball into the upper lefthand corner of the net.

“The goalie couldn’t even react,” said Ektnitphong about the hard shot.

Worthington’s victory marked the first time this season that goalie Kody Honius recorded a shutout. For the match, Worthington attempted 14 shots on goal to Southwest Christian’s nine.

The match was Southwest’s first home match of the season, and Ektnitphong said Worthington had ample difficulty mounting an attack in the first half. But in the second half the Trojans made some adjustments, and the flow started to favor the visiting team. WHS got their passes out quicker, forcing Southwest Christian to expend more energy to keep up.

Worthington’s next match is Saturday at Trojan Field against Mankato Loyola. Game time is 11 a.m.

Worthington 0 2 — 2

Southwest 0 0 — 0

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