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Isauro Estrada controls a ball on his foot while fending off a Polk defenseman in last week's home
soccer victory. Photo by Skip Sickler



Originally published: 2012-09-26 12:41:56
Last modified: 2012-09-26 12:43:21

Vikings soccer sweeps Polk, Madison

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Avery High School men's soccer continues to climb the conference standings as it won a pair of Western Highlands matches last week, defeating Polk 5-1 at home on Monday, Sept. 17, followed by a last-second 2-1 win two evenings later at Madison.

The Big Red faced Polk on a dreary and rainy evening, but the weather didn't dampen the AHS offense, which netted all five of its goals in the first half. Polk was first to score, however, on a Daniel Page goal in the fifth minute for a 1-0 lead.

From that point forward, Avery dominated the match. The Vikings scored the equalizer in the 13th minute on a penalty kick from Isauro Estrada, while teammate Matt Belog gave AHS the lead at 2-1 on a goal in the 17th minute. Estrada netted a second goal five minutes later off a Belog assist, staking Avery to a 3-1 advantage, and built further on its lead when defenseman Daniel Zartman boomed a kick from 60 yards out that was misjudged by the Polk keeper and sailed into the net, making the score 4-1.Avery closed out its scoring onslaught in the 32nd minute, when Estrada scored for a hat trick. The weather turned ugly during halftime, as rain sheeted onto the MacDonald Stadium turf and neither team managed another tally for the match.

"The Polk match was the best individual match effort that we've given all season," said AHS head soccer coach Bruce Daniels. "We came out and played hard from start to finish. Our offense is really trying to click right now with Isauro and Matt working well together. We're starting to incorporate all our players and get into a more fluid style of play than what we've been doing previously."

Avery had to earn a goal in the final seconds to pull out a one-goal win at Madison. Estrada netted AHS's first goal of the evening on a strong move and 25-yard shot off the underside of the crossbar.

With five seconds remaining in the game Avery earned a breakaway, with Estrada sending a ball into the Patriots defensive area. Belog found his way to the loose ball and blasted a shot into goal to take the 2-1 win.

"Madison was a tough and physical team with the last-second goal winning it for us," Daniels added. "Madison is a scrappy team and a good team that played us really hard and tough."

Avery hosted Mountain Heritage earlier this week and travels this Wednesday, Sept. 26, to Ledger to take on the Mitchell Mountaineers.