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Prep Soccer Roundup: Central Boys Enter Week 4-0 In League

Zaragoza scores twice for Panthers

CORVALLIS — Central’s boys soccer team entered this week undefeated in Mid-Willamette Conference play after defeating Corvallis 2-1 on Thursday and Silverton 2-1 on Oct. 14.

Marcos Gonzales and Vidal Zaragoza scored against the Silver Foxes, while Anthony Rincon and Zaragoza added goals against Corvallis.

“Against Corvallis, we played very well,” Panthers coach Mike Lynch said. “It was a back-and-forth game. We just happened to put our chances away.”

Central (6-1-4 overall, 4-0 MWC) faced Lebanon Tuesday after press time. The Panthers close out the regular season with a pair of home matches. Central hosts Crescent Valley Thursday at 4 p.m. and Woodburn Tuesday at 6 p.m.

DALLAS BOYS SCORE THREE: In a season defined by small victories, Dallas’ boys soccer team took its biggest step forward this year. The Dragons lost to Crescent Valley 9-1 on Oct. 14 and Lebanon 5-3 on Thursday. The three goals were the most scored by Dallas in a single match this season. Lucas Diaz scored twice, while Tariq Miller added on goal against the Warriors. “It was a big confidence booster for the team,” Dragons coach Chris Smerke said. “The boys really showed the direction of where Dallas is going. We lost, but we won the second half 2-0.” The Dragons (0-10 overall, 0-4 MWC) traveled to Silverton Tuesday after press time. Dallas closes out its season by hosting Corvallis Thursday at 4 p.m. and South Albany Tuesday at 4 p.m.

DALLAS GIRLS LOSE TWO: With fourth place in the league standings and a chance to host a play-in game coming down to the wire, Dallas’ girls soccer team dropped a pair of conference matches last week. The Dragons lost to Crescent Valley 5-3 on Oct. 14 and Lebanon 3-2 on Thursday. The setbacks dropped Dallas’ record to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in MWC play entering Tuesday’s match. “The game against Lebanon was a tough one,” Dragons coach Cherish Henrickson said. “We were down 2-0 in the first half. We had to regroup. … It was disappointing.” Dallas is currently fourth in the league. The top six teams advance past the regular season, with the third- and fourth-place squads hosting a play-in round match. The Dragons hosted Silverton Tuesday after press time. Dallas finishes the regular season on the road against Corvallis on Thursday and South Albany on Tuesday.

CENTRAL FREEFALL CONTINUES: Central’s girls soccer team remained winless in MWC play after falling to Silverton 7-0 on Oct. 14. The Panthers have lost their last two matches by a combined score of 12-0. “We need to play as a team,” Central coach Joe Orozco said. “We’re not clicking as a team. We have to all be on the same page. If we aren’t, we’ll lose every match out there.” The Panthers (2-7 overall, 0-3 MWC) hosted Lebanon Tuesday after press time. Central travels to face Crescent Valley Thursday at 4 p.m.

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