2017-04-21 / Sports

Achieving Their Goal

Gaffney boys soccer wins rare region championship
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

It would have been appropriate for a full moon to be hovering over The Reservation Tuesday night since the Gaffney boys soccer team turned in another outof this-world performance in a 7-0 win over Boiling Springs to capture a rare region championship.

With the win, the Indians remain unbeaten in the region at 6-0 and 12-6-1 overall.

"I'm so happy for the guys,” Gaffney coach Scott Simmons said. “They deserve this. They have worked so hard to reach this goal of bringing a region championship to the school. They knew what was at stake tonight and completely dominated a team that played us closer than anyone in the region so far."

The Indians dominated the play early, putting the Bulldogs on their heels. Gaffney had several good chances, including a shot that careened off the post.

At the 10 minute mark, Fernando Calderilla hit a beautiful shot over the keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, Thomas LaFrancis found David Mosqueda in front of goal to double the lead.

Just before halftime, Gaffney extended its lead to 3- 0 when Angel Garcia and Jared Quistian both worked the ball up the field and found Mosqueda again for his second goal of the game.

In the second half, the Indians left no doubt as they continued to force the play.

Mosqueda played a ball over the top to LaFrancis, who neatly chipped it over the rushing goalkeeper from 30 yards.

Imanuel Bautista headed in a Garcia corner kick for the 5-0 lead.

Dorian Suarez, who was filling in on defense for the game, was moved forward and rewarded when he blasted home a goal. Garcia picked up his third assist on the goal.

Collin Mullinax finished off the scoring with a beautiful header off Calderilla's corner kick.

The Indians host Byrnes today and Spartanburg on Tuesday before the regular season finale Thursday against visiting Blue Ridge.

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