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OJC Press Release ID: 2567

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OJC Men’s Soccer goes two for two over the weekend

The OJC men’s soccer team anticipated a busy weekend as they headed out to Columbus, Neb. for their first of two games on Friday, Sept. 23. The trip mapped out a crucial weekend in which the Rattlers would try to play their way up into the top two seeds of the Region IX South sub-region.

The Rattlers’ game at Central Community College started out rough. The Central Raiders caught the Rattlers’ defense off guard only ten minutes into the first half. Being down a goal, the Rattlers had to push hard for a comeback, and they did just that.

Ten minutes after receiving the goal against, the Rattlers got into a high tempo rhythm and put in the tying goal at the feet of Gimale Essacu. The goal came off of a great run and assist from Scott McGuane down the right side of the field. 

The game continued to go the Rattlers’ way as Essacu again scored off of an assist from Jonathan Cuevas and Aldo Palacios scored with assistance from Kaleb Schultz. The 3-1 victory was the Rattlers’ fourth win of the season and proved to be a confidence booster as the team went on to face Northeastern Junior College the following day.

In Sterling, the Rattlers set a goal to beat the Plainsmen on their own turf.   Earlier this season, NJC got away with a 3-1 victory on the Rattlers’ home field so they were determined to do the same.

The game went scoreless for the entire first half and most of the second. Countless opportunities were missed by the Rattlers until the 76th minute of play where Blaise Balumwa took advantage of an assist by Treydin Winward and hit a low strike from outside the box into the bottom corner of the goal. The Rattlers enjoyed their goal until the Plainsmen responded with a goal of their own five minutes later. With the time winding down, it seemed as if both teams would have to settle for a tie.

With only three minutes left, a foul was given on the right side of the field, which was struck by Jonathan Cuevas. The ball found Carter Magee’s head and he buried it in the back of the net for the victory.

With these two crucial victories, Otero is guaranteed a top two seed in their sub-region and improved their record to 5-3-0. The Rattlers are now preparing to face Western Nebraska and Laramie County during the upcoming weekend.

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Freshman Gimale Essacu scored two goals during the Rattlers’ first win of the weekend with assists from teammates Scott McGuane and Jonathan Cuevas.