Bearcats Blank Highclimbers
Sophomore forward Cody Pennington scored one goal and dished out two assists as W.F. West had no trouble dispatching Shelton, 4-0, at home Tuesday on senior night.
“Our guys played really well,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “We’re starting to get our injured guys back so it was nice to see the team playing together again. It was really exciting and nice to get a shutout.”
Pennington opened the scoring in the 18th minute off an assist from senior Jacob Moeckel. Adal Vargas made it 2-0 off an assist from Pennington, then two minutes later, Pennington assisted another goal, this time to Antheny Leal-Mendez.
Holding a 3-0 lead at the half, Angel Hernandez capped the scoring off with a goal in stoppage time at the 79th minute from an assist by Leal-Hernandez.
Seven Bearcat seniors played their final regular-season home game: Lucas Wichert, Moeckel, Carlos Hernandez, Leal-Mendez, Bryce Laufenberg, Aram Matagi and Jairo Lima-Perez.
“It was nice to see them get a big win on senior night,” Anderson said. “They’re a solid group of seniors and we’re going to miss them.”
W.F. West improves to 5-2-1 and travels to Rochester on Thursday for its regular-season finale.
Alexis Castillo-Corona scored two goals and assisted in two others as Rochester easily handled Black Hills, 5-0, at home on Tuesday.
“It was a good win,” Rochester coach Matt Ashton said. “A good bounce back from our loss to Centralia on Friday.”
Castillo-Corona opened the scoring in the third minute on an assist from Aaron Esquivel, who then scored his own goal in the 23rd minute.
Erik Vasquez-Valentine made it 3-0 in the 37th minute from an assist by Castillo-Corona. Levi Jennings then scored his first goal of the season in the 39th minute on an assist by Castillo-Corona.
“I don’t give (Levi) enough praise,” Ashton said. “He’s been a workhorse for us at central defensive-mid and controls the middle of the field for us. I’m thrilled as heck he got his first goal.”
Ashton also commended his defensive line for their performance that allowed the Warriors to play some of their underclassmen.
“Our defensive line really stepped up tonight to preserve the shutout,” Ashton said. “They kept that shutout intact, which was very nice. They played a fantastic defensive game.”
Rochester improves to 4-4-2 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Warriors host W.F. West on Thursday on senior night in the regular-season finale.