North blanks Smoky Mountain 3-0

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North’s Christian Rico in a game earlier this season. Photo Credit: Brad Cole

By: Brad Cole 

North Henderson’s offense has been an essential part of their game plan this season, and they kept things going with a three-goal game to lift the Knights over Smoky Mountain by a score of 3-0 at North on Monday night. 

Although, North’s defense was the story in the first half. They tamed the Mustang offense throughout the first forty minutes and goalkeeper Fernando Ordoñez tallied two saves. Going into the halftime break, the two teams were at a 0-0 stalemate.

The Knights’ Offense then came alive with 24:47 left in the second half as Josue Santos notched a goal after breaking away from the Mustang defense to give North a 1-0 lead.

After second-half goalkeeper A.J. Torres notched one of his two saves with eleven minutes to go to keep Smoky Mountain scoreless, the offense worked their way down the field and Santos scored his second and last goal of the night with just six minutes left in the game. “I left all I had on the field [tonight],” Santos said on his big game.

Junior Anselmo Castillo also scored a goal with two minutes to go to seal North’s 3-0 conference win.

Keeping possession of the ball benefited the Knights. “I felt like [time possession] helped us,” North coach Wayne Nock said.

The team improves to 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

The win gives the Knights a confidence booster before they host WNCAC leader West Henderson this Wednesday at 7 PM at North Henderson.

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