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SOCCER: Worthington FC 15-and-under stay perfect on the season

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prep Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON -- Although there may be an "I" in Worthington, there is no "I" in team. That is the mantra the Worthington FC 15-and-under boys soccer team lives by every day.

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"It is not anything individual; they just play as a team and win as a team," Worthington FC coach Juan Alvarez said through a translator. "Here on this team, it is not just about one person; it is not just about two people. It is about the whole 11 people who are out there and every kid who steps in from the bench too."

So far this season, Worthington FC is undefeated.

"They are in the process of getting better, but they are playing good right now," Alvarez said. "The kids are putting 100 percent effort in every game and every practice. My goal is to make it to state. We really want to make it."

With a perfect season on the line, Worthington FC took on Rosemount in a doubleheader Saturday.

It was clear almost immediately from the start of the first game that Rosemount was no match for the much speedier and team-oriented Worthington squad.

"We just have to stay in the game and don't lose concentration," Worthington FC goaltender Rogelio Gutierrez said. "It feels pretty good [to play so well]. We practice hard. Everyone comes to practice. And as long as we practice hard, do what we are told in the games and do what the coaches say we will do well."

Shots came easily and often for Worthington as they buzzed around the field, never letting an opponent go uncontested for more than a few seconds. They pounded 15 shots on net against the Rosemount goalie, but had many other opportunities that didn't make it to the goal.

The team's first goal came off of a feed to Ivan Rodriguez, who deftly sidestepped a defender to put the ball in the net.

"The kids followed directions really well," Alvarez said. "They played how they were told to. That is why, at this point, we are winning."

Worthington would tack on two more goals before the end of the first half, both scored by Jesus Ordaz, one of his four goals in the game.

"I would see an opening and I would take it," Ordaz said. "If I didn't see an opening, I would look for my teammates and play as a team."

Gutierrez, who had eight saves in Game 1, also came up big for Worthington in the first half.

With Rosemount on the attack, Gutierrez dove to make the first save, only to have the ball rebound back out in the opposite direction. Luckily for Gutierrez, his defense picked up the second shot and blocked it away before it could do any real harm.

"I blocked the first one and then as I was diving Luis Soto came in and blocked the second shot," Gutierrez said.

The second half was much of the same, with Ordaz scoring two more goals, one coming off a header off a nice cross from Andrew Johnson. Johnson's pass is just one example of the great teamwork Worthington showed during the first game.

"That is why we practice all the time as a team," Ordaz said. "I had a lot of assists from my teammates."

Worthington also got goals from Rodriguez, Danny Flores and Ammanuel Fissiha in the second half to get them the 8-0 win over Rosemount.

"When we play as a team is when we play at our best," Alvarez said. "That is what we are doing right now. The kids are playing really well as a team and they are winning games."

In game two of the doubleheader, Worthington FC would keep their undefeated streak alive with a 4-1 win over Rosemount.

Worthington would get goals once again from Rodriguez, two from Fissiha and another from Orlando Ignacio, to give FC the win.

Worthington FC will continue to play for perfection in their final regular season game of the summer, Monday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. against West Martin in Worthington.

"I blocked the first one and then as I was diving Luis Soto came in and blocked the second shot," Gutierrez said.

The second half was much of the same, with Ordaz scoring two more goals, one coming off a header off a nice cross from Andrew Johnson. Johnson's pass is just one example of the great teamwork Worthington showed during the first game.

"That is why we practice all the time as a team," Ordaz said. "I had a lot of assists from my teammates."

Worthington also got goals from Rodriguez, Danny Flores and Ammanuel Fissiha in the second half to get them the 8-0 win over Rosemount.

"When we play as a team is when we play at our best," Alvarez said. "That is what we are doing right now. The kids are playing really well as a team and they are winning games."

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Worthington FC would keep their undefeated streak alive with a 4-1 win over Rosemount.

Worthington would get goals once again from Rodriguez, two from Fissiha and another from Orlando Ignacio to notch the win.

Worthington FC will continue to play for perfection in their final regular season game of the summer today at 7 p.m. against West Martin in Worthington.

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