Central rolls to a pair of easy wins

Boys soccer coach Rich Abrams tries to hold down the score -- but can't.


Central'S Logan Yliniemi (2) takes the ball away from a Newport player in a Sept. 29 game.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central boys soccer coach Rich Abrams is looking forward to his team's upcoming game with rival Philomath because he knows -- for a change -- his main concern won't be keeping the score down.

"Philomath is always good," Abrams said. "We're looking forward to it. Their coach (Mike Lynch) was our assistant coach last year, so they should know us pretty well. It will be interesting tactically to see how they play us."

The Panthers enter the Thursday, Oct. 6 game at Philomath having outscored their past two opponents by a combined 21-0. Central clobbered visiting Newport 15-0 on Sept. 29 and kept it down to 6-0 on Oct. 3 at home against Taft.

Abrams stopped just short of ordering his players to not shoot in the lopsided win against the Cubs, who were playing four or five girls at a time.

"I did everything I could to keep it down," Abrams said. "I brought up JV players and took the goalie out. I've never won by that much before. But you have to put 11 people out there, and you can't put people out there and tell them not to score. We had about five people score their first varsity goal in that game."

Taft, perhaps after seeing the Newport score, elected to pack the defensive end of the field. Jesus Hernandez scored twice for the Panthers, and Logan Yliniemi, Jose Garcia, Michael Rand and Pedro Garcia scored once apiece.

"It was a solid effort," Abrams said. "The other team just kind of played back. It was hard to get in there. They were playing a 5-4-1. You could see it from the get-go. They hardly even tried to venture across the line. They were just trying to keep the score down."


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