Warriors shut out Blaze to open 7-AAA play

Warriors shut out Blaze to open 7-AAA play


Warriors shut out Blaze to open 7-AAA play



The Riverdale boys soccer team overcame two second-half injuries to its starters and scored two late goals to defeat District 7-AAA-rival Blackman 2-0 at The Inferno on Tuesday night.

Crisitan CiFuentes, who left the game in the 77th minute because of a knee injury, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 71st minute and Erich Verdun added an insurance goal in the 79th minute in the near-freezing temperatures at Blackman High in the Warriors’ win.

Verdun, who scored the second goal of the game on a rebound, also recorded an assist on CiFuentes’ goal.

“It was a close game, so in the last 10 minutes we knew we had to step it up,” Verdun said. “On the first goal when I got the assist, I just saw Cristian. I was thinking about shooting it until I saw him there and I said to myself I just had to share it.”

The goal by CiFuentes broke open a tight, scoreless game in the first 70 minutes and totally shifted momentum to the Warriors’ side.

“It was a quick counter,” Riverdale coach Ali Arman said. “Ahren (Smith) is a freshman goalie. He started our counter attack quickly to our left back and we got up the field quickly. So, we had a chance to take advantage of them when they weren’t set defensively.”

Smith was in because Riverdale starting goalie Kirk Manglogiannis was injured early in the second half in the 44th minute.

Smith entered the game and saved three key shots on goal early in the final 40 minutes to keep the game scoreless.

“You have to give their young goalie a lot of credit,” Blackman coach Bill Vice said. “He made several big saves for them. He showed he could play well.”

CiFuentes was helped off the field by trainers in the 77th minute after being injured on a breakaway late in the contest.

Verdun scored the game’s final goal just two minutes later to seal the victory.

Riverdale (3-1-1) improved to 1-0-0 in District 7-AAA. Blackman (3-2-0) fell to 0-1-0 in district play.

Riverdale controlled play in the first half, outshooting Blackman 4-2 in shots on goal.

The Warriors got the first two scoring chances of the game, both coming on breakaways down either side of the field.

Verdun, a senior midfielder, took a through pass down the right side of the field in the 12th minute to no avail before junior midfielder Tate Jones took a through pass down the left side of the field in the 15th minute to no avail.

Verdun recorded the Warriors’ first shot on goal in the 16th minute, which was saved by Blackman goalie Jordan Bennett.

Blackman’s first shot on goal came off the foot of sophomore Felipe Hernandez in the 23rd minute, which was saved by Manglogiannis.

The two team’s traded a shots in the middle of the first half before the final real scoring opportunity of the first 40 minutes came in the 34th minute when Bennett turned back back-to-back shots to keep the game scoreless.

Riverdale 2, Blackman 0

Riverdale 0 2 – 2

Blackman 0 0 – 0

Goals: Riverdale: CiFuentes, Verdun.


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