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Six-goal second half gives Worthington 7-0 boys soccer win against Waseca

The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team is still trying to put two outstanding halves together, but the second half Tuesday night against Waseca was excellent

Waseca Bluejays goalkeeper Raul Castaneda (1) moves to challenge a shot from Worthington's Jonathan Banegas (5) Tuesday evening at Trojan Field.
Waseca Bluejays goalkeeper Raul Castaneda (1) moves to challenge a shot from Worthington's Jonathan Banegas (5) Tuesday evening at Trojan Field.
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WORTHINGTON -- An impressive six-goal effort in the second half lifted the undefeated Worthington High School boys soccer team to a 7-0 victory over Waseca Tuesday night at Trojan Field.

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Jonathan Banegas and Bayron Echeverria scored two goals apiece. Isaac Perez, Maqui Sandoval and Julio Martin each scored one.

The win pushed Worthington to 10-0 on the season, dropping Waseca to 3-8. As always, the Trojans’ defense was outstanding, but it was the second half offense that excited the home crowd.

“I feel like we were able to connect more. Our chemistry. It seemed like we could fuse things together. Our goal is just to play a whole game,” said Banegas, who scored the only goal in the first half and added the fourth WHS goal in the second. He also set up Echeverria with scoring passes for goals two and three.

Worthington Trojans Cristian Banegas (9) attempts to tip a shot past Waseca Bluejays goalkeeper Raul Castaeda (1) Tuesday evening.
The Worthington Trojans' Danny Banegas (9) attempts to tip a shot past Waseca Bluejays goalkeeper Raul Castaneda (1) Tuesday.
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Head coach Juan Flores has been a hard judge on the Trojans this year, determined to push his team to greater, more consistent efforts. Not surprisingly, he was happy about Tuesday -- basically.

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“It was better than the first half, for sure,” he said about the second. “But there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Banegas, who led the state in goals last season as a sophomore, put four good shots on the Waseca goal in the final 22 minutes of the first half before one of them found paydirt. It came at the 1:13 mark as the quick junior forward took possession near the 50-yard line in the open field, maneuvered by himself for the last 45 yards, faked the goalkeeper out of position and softly pushed the ball in for a score.

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Less than a minute into the second half, Banegas passed ahead to Echeverria, who made it 2-0. Then at 25:27 Banegas passed again to Echeverria for the third score. Exactly 27 seconds later Banegas scored his second goal with a kick about 30 yards away from the Bluejay net.

Not done yet, Etcheverria passed to Perez at 21:53 for a score. At 19:14, Sandoval took possession of the ball about 20 yards in front of the Waseca goal and simply made a quick standing turn and successful kick. Martin scored the game’s seventh goal on a throw-in with 14:55 to go.

The second half was certainly better than the first, said Banegas.

“I just felt that we had to finish our shots and communicate more,” he said.

Banegas also said that he understands his coach’s reluctance to let the team rest on its laurels.

“It’s ‘cuz he always sees room for improvement for us. And it’s always good,” he said. “Our goal is always to play a good 80 minutes, one hundred percent. And we’re building on it.”

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Waseca 0 0 -- 0

Worthington 1 6 -- 7

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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