Reynolds beats up on Benson
6A Boys Soccer
After suffering a tough 2-1 loss to Westview in their previous contest, it was evident that the Reynolds boys soccer team wanted to make a statement in this one.
Andrew Her and Gerado Mejia each scored two goals apiece as Reynolds overwhelmed Benson with their attack and beat the Techmen 7-0 on Tuesday.
"This team has a lot of speed," Reynolds head coach Allan Berry said. "When they move the ball around, they are very, very good. This is the best group we have had in a long time."
From the moment the game was kicked off, the Raiders were the aggressor as they put a ton of pressure on the Benson back line. After failing to convert on a couple opportunities early on, Reynolds was able to capitalize 10 minutes in on Mejia's first goal of the game.
Harith Al Obaide placed a beautiful ball into the middle for Mejia, who got the first touch on a header and then slipped a shot past a three defenders for the amazing score.
"We were really looking for a big win today, especially when we coming off that loss against Westview," Mejia said. "No matter what, we were going to go after it."
Mejia would score again moments later off a corner kick. Pedro Calderon set a ball in the box and after it was knocked around a few times by several different players, Mejia came out of the scrum with possession and fired a strike into the back of the net to give the Raiders the 2-0 advantage.
Benson put up much more of a fight in the first 40 minutes as they threatened to score on multiple occasions in the first half. But sophomore goalkeeper Luis Villamil made numerous incredible saves to keep the Techmen off the scoreboard.
His most impressive stop came in the 30th minute when Benson forward Austin Whitesky was fouled hard in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Whitesky tried to get one past the sophomore keeper of the left side, but Villamil, was able to get a hand on it to knock it away.
Whitesky had a chance to score on the rebound, but once again Villamil turned him away with a diving save.
"His reaction times during games are twice as fast as they are in practice," Barry said jokingly.
Not to be outdone, Miguel Perez Gomez — who was in the net during the second half for Reynolds — also played a big role in preserving the shutout.
Look for extended coverage in the Sept. 14 print edition.