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Rangers dominate Sweet Home in season opener

Estacada attack fueled by three newcomers including four goals from Luis Drexler


by: PHOTO BY LOREN NIBBE - Estacada freshman Anthony Cauich dominated play for the Rangers in the midfield despite playing in his first high school soccer game.Before his team’s Sept. 6 matchup against Sweet Home in Estacada, Ranger head coach Johnnie Workman explained that he thought this year’s Sweet Home team was better than the team they beat 5-1 last season.

Apparently, the Rangers are too.

Estacada dominated the Huskies from start to finish, winning 7-0 behind a pair of penalty kicks just 20 seconds apart in the second half.

The Ranger attack got started early on when freshman center midfielder Anthony Cauich received a nice pass from Simon Ormberg at the top of the box and knocked it inside the post for the first goal of the game.

With one goal under their belt, Estacada’s control only increased as the game moved on.

Just 10 minutes after the first goal, it was Ormberg again setting up a teammate, this time fellow forward Luis Drexler who knocked home a cross after Ormberg sliced through the defense.

Finally Ormberg got a goal of his own six minutes later after a nice pass from Drexler gave him an opening and he knocked the ball home past the diving keeper.

The combination of Ormberg and Drexler, both of whom are exchange students, turned out to be Sweet Home’s downfall as the two attackers controlled the ball and seemed to dribble at will through the Husky defense.

With a 3-0 lead and halftime closing in, it would have been easy for the Rangers to relax and take their foot off the pedal, but with Workman’s encouragement, they continued to stay aggressive.

With just eight minutes left in the half, Ormberg tried crossing the ball into the middle of the box, however, the ball was deflected and sent right back at him. After controlling the ball, he made a move towards goal but was taken down inside the box for an Estacada penalty kick.

Calm, cool and collected, Ormberg stepped up to the spot and put the ball easily past the un-moved keeper.

Then, 20 seconds later, lightening struck a second time as this time Drexler was taken down in the box for the second Ranger penalty kick in less than a minute.

Just like his teammate, Drexler calmly stepped up to the mark and put it just inside the left post, past the keeper for his second goal of the game.

When asked what he hoped to see from his team before the game, Workman emphasized the need for aggression, and without a doubt that call was answered.

The Rangers continued to pour it on before halftime as Drexler added his third goal of the game just over a minute after the penalty kick to make the score 6-0 heading into halftime.

With most of his starters benched for the final seven minutes of the first half, they were placed back into the lineup for the opening kickoff, but that wouldn’t last long.

Just minutes into the second half it was Drexler again netting his fourth goal of the game to extend the lead to 7-0.

Once again, all of the Ranger starters were removed from the game as Workman did his best to limit the embarrassment.

Despite the absence of a few of their best players, Estacada continued to apply pressure to Sweet Home, preventing goalie Christian Ucan from having to make many saves en route to the shutout.

“I didn’t expect that much,” Workman admitted after the game. “Our aggression was sporadic, which is what you would expect, but I was happy with it.

“We only have three starters returning from last year, so it’s a whole new team and all new defenders. I told the guys I was happy that we won, but that still wasn’t good enough to compete in our league, but at least it’s a start.”