By Steve Peterson
West Sioux boys’ soccer team had two exciting matches last week: one going to a shoot-out and the other resulted in the Falcons’ first win of the season.
Western Christian Game
On April 15 when the Falcons took on Western Christian, Jose Montes and Mario Topete scored the Falcons’ goals. Montes also had an assist as did Mario Topete.
The Wolfpack gained a 2-2 tie after regulation play and two overtime periods and finally outlasted the Falcons in the shoot-out round for a 3-2 win.
Gabe Topete played all 100 minutes as goalie and made 11 saves for the Falcons.
“There were wind-aided issues in that match. We wanted to take more advantage of it earlier but the shots were not falling for us. In the shoot-outs, it was 4-4 and one of their shots hit the crossbar. We had quite a few good shots,” said West Sioux Coach Chris Avery.
Trinity Christian Game
West Sioux gained a shutout in its win over Trinity Christian at home April 16 for a 1-3 record.
After an own-goal by Trinity, Mario Topete scored a goal for the Falcons with assists from Josue Arreola and Alex Montes. Gabe Topete was credited with nine saves in the goal box.
“We had better defensive stands,” said Avery of the Trinity Christian match.
“We want to hold the line and not give them anything and take advantage of our shots on goals and also to work on personnel matters,” said Avery of the team’s progress.
MOC-Floyd Valley Game
West Sioux’s battle with MOC-Floyd Valley was moved to Northwestern College in Orange City from Hawarden due to the snow that fell the day before.
The Falcons scored first on a penalty kick by sophomore Mario Topete with 23 minutes left in the first half. The Falcons had five shots on goal.
The Dutch took a 2-1 halftime lead and added two goals in the second half. Stefan Kinsinger had two goals, and Efrain Arzua and Rafeal Sanchez-Perry had one each.
In the goal box, Gabe Topete made 10 saves for the Falcons, 1-4 record.
The match was played in 32 degree but sunny weather.
The boys gained their second win of the season with a 3-1 victory at Unity Christian on April 25.
Jose Montes, Adrian Topete and Mario Topete scored the goals for the Falcons. Jose Montes had one assist.
The goalie duties were a combined effort due to an injury to starter Gabe Topete, who had eight saves. Goalie Luis Ortiz had seven.
On April 26, the Falcons lost to Spirit Lake, 8-0, in a home match. Ortiz had the duties in goal.
The Falcons were 2-5 overall record after a 1-2 record for the week.
Upcoming matches for the Falcons pit them against Unity Christian, at home, May 3; at MOC-Floyd Valley May 6 and at Storm Lake May 7.