Men’s soccer team wins big in nasty conditions
By Morgan Grimmett
On a day when power failures popped up because of high winds, the Storm played some high-powered soccer.
The actual wind storm had little effect on the men’s team’s level of play during a 5-0 win against the South Puget Sound Clippers.
The scoring happened early and often for the Storm despite the poor conditions.
Jorge Rico, a freshman forward, ignored the gusts and fired his first shot past the Clipper’s goalie to start the scoring barrage.
The Clippers then attempted to quickly respond with a shot of their own, but it was halted by a sliding tackle from freshman defender Crystyan Lorenzo.
The Clippers had few chances after that.
The Storm was able to control possession for most of the first half, even though the wind made accurate passing difficult.
Some excellent passing and midfield play allowed forward Elvis Pavon to take an easy shot right in front of the goal. He capitalized, giving the goalie no chance for a save, and Chemeketa was quickly up 2-0.
The Storm’s ball movement and sharp play made Clipper players frustrated.
Right before the first half was over, the frustration spilled over. After a collision with Storm midfield Armando Guevara, Clipper midfielder Mark Amsberry had some choice words.
The players pushed and shoved afterward, causing Guevara to be pulled away by his teammates.
“He was just talking smack,” Guevara said.
Both players were given yellow cards, and Crystyan Lorenzo was given one for defending his teammate’s actions.
“I don’t really know what happened. I just saw a lot of pushing and shoving and way too much negative talk,” the referee said during halftime to Storm coach Oscar Monteblanco.
Guevara would later get the last laugh.
The wind played a factor in what was almost a Clipper goal.
A Clipper defender was trying to clear the ball from his side of the field and fired a booming kick. The wind carried the ball downfield, and it almost bounced over Storm keeper Alfredo Lara’s head.
Once the second half started, Pavon and Guevara made quick work of the Clipper defenders with excellent quick passes that kept the defense out of position and ended with Pavon scoring on Guevara’s assist.
The scoring did not stop.
The Storm appeared to be close again, but a Clipper defender’s nasty foul resulted in a penalty kick.
After an assortment of players lobbied to take the penalty shot, Monteblanco made his choice and Guevara made it a 4-0 game.
Pavon later had a chance to add his third goal during a one-on-one opportunity. The ball went off the keeper’s leg and hit the post.
Pavon had another chance. Moments after Reece Braatz, a sophomore defender, was put into the game, he was taken out at the legs, which resulted in a free kick.
The free kick was from 35 yards, and Cristian Zaragoza was able to get an assist from a leaping Pavon, who headed the ball into the right corner.
The Storm’s defense then continued its great play and finished the shutout.
Strong communication was key for the Storm defenders.
“It is important to communicate because if you don’t, and just one person is out of position, it can lead to a lot of chaos and goals given up,” Ruben Gutierrez, a sophomore defender, said.
Good defense and strong midfield play also lead the win and improved the Storm’s league record to 7-5-1.
Chemeketa play one final regular season game at Clark College Nov. 1 before gearing up for the playoffs Nov. 5. The time and location are still undertermined.