Worthington FC U12 soccer wins 2 out of 3
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington FC's U12 traveling soccer team continued its inaugural season late last week with a 2-1 record in road games at Marshall and Redwood Falls.
Worthington FC traveled to Marshall on Thursday and defeated Marshall United U12 5-2 on a warm evening at the Church of Holy Redeemer soccer field.
Worthington got on the scoreboard first with a goal by striker Ivan Rodriguez off a nice feeding pass from fellow forward Geovanni Santos about 5 minutes into the contest, and then took control of the game with three goals in a span of 12 minutes at the end of the first half.
Midfielder Octavio Loza drilled a shot past the goalkeeper off a pass from Rodriguez at the 18-minute mark, followed by goals from Santos and Rodriguez.
Santos' goal was a nifty chip-shot which just found its way under the crossbar, and Rodriguez's second goal came after Loza stole a clearing pass, dribbled up the middle of the Marshall defense and led Rodriguez with a fine ball behind the defenseman.
The game got more interesting as Marshall scored the first two goals of the second half to cut Worthington's lead in half, but Rodriguez finished things off with his final goal of the night after he dribbled past the Marshall defense and pushed a shot past the goalie.
Worthington's defense, led by Francisco Campillo, Jose Castillo, Sean Souksavath, and Loza, shut down Marshall the rest of the game. Angel Anaya played a fine game in goal with a number of saves.
On Saturday, Worthington FC traveled to Redwood Falls to play the U12 teams the "Blast" and the "Thunder" in successive games.
Worthington defeated the Blast 6-5 in an exciting, back-and-forth contest decided by a goal scored in the last minutes of the game by Santos on a direct free kick after a foul. Santos placed his shot perfectly over the Blast's "player wall" and the goalie's outstretched reach into the upper corner of the Redwood Falls net.
The game started with a goal by midfielder Davis Moore at the six minute mark. Moore put a shot in the upper right corner off a rebound from a Blast defender.
After the Blast scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, Rodriguez scored on a breakaway right before half.
The second half started with two quick goals from Rodriguez, the second coming off a nifty assist from midfielder Nathaniel Loza, to make the score 4-3 in Worthington's favor, but the Blast answered with two fine goals of its own to take a 5-4 lead.
Rodriguez tied the game with a shot from the left side to even the score just before Santos' game-winning effort.
The Worthington "D", led by Campillo, Castillo, Souksavath, and midfielder Millad Zieti held off a frantic Blast rush at the end of the game. Anaya played another fine game in goal, stopping a number of point-blank shots by Redwood Falls.
The game against the "Thunder" was a tale of two halfs. The first half found each team scoring four goals, with Rodriguez finding the net three times for Worthington and Anaya, playing midfield, on one occasion.
After the first part of the second half it appeared that Worthington had the game in hand, with three quick goals from Santos, Rodriguez and Anaya. However, Worthington's side ran out of gas in the early summer heat with its second consecutive game of the morning and watched a fine Redwood club stage a furious six-goal rally to achieve a 10-7 win.
Playing goal for Worthington in this game were Jose Castillo and Octavio Loza.
Worthington's U12 record goes to 4-2 on the season. The club plays its first home game on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Worthington Middle School football field against Madelia and encourages soccer fans to come out and support the team on what is forecast to be a beautiful night.
Worthington FC is sponsored by the Worthington YMCA and the Worthington Optimist Club.