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Saber boys triumphant again at Clinton Invitational
|Central forward Pablo Curiel-Garcia kicks the ball out of the air during Saturday’s Clinton Invitational. In his debut with the Sabers, Curiel-Garcia netted three goals, including two in Central’s 7-0 win over Marquette Catholic, as the Sabers toppled the competition for the fourth-straight year.|
|Rebel senior Connor Soenksen controls the ball during Northeast’s third-place game with Marquette at the Clinton Invitational. Soenksen gave the Rebels an early lead in the contest as he scored Northeast’s first goal of the season just over 30 seconds into the game.|
By Ross Eberhart
It might not yet be as common as Easter or April Fools Day, but the Central boys soccer team is well on its way to developing its own spring tradition.
For the fourth-straight year, the Sabers have opened their season with a bang by bringing home a title from the Clinton Invitational.
And, as in the past three years, Central dominated its opposition to do it as the Sabers knocked off Marquette Catholic and the host River Kings by a combined margin of 10-1.
With the two victories, Central has now won its last eight games at the tournament while outscoring its foes 43-3.
The Sabers opened the tourney with a 7-0 rout of the Mohawks before downing Clinton 3-1 in the finals to give new head coach Eduardo Garza his first two victories.
Central did all of its damage in the first 30 minutes (all the games featured 30-minute halves instead of the normal 40) in the championship match, opening up a 3-0 lead and riding it out for the victory.
The Sabers only had nine shots in the contest, including five on goal, but they were ultra-efficient as three different players - senior David Holm, junior Pablo Curiel-Garcia and freshman Keegan Lass - found the back of the net on their only shots of the game.
Two of the goals were set up by assists from Felix Kirchgaessner, who had a shot of his own.
Christian Hansen led the Sabers with three shots, while Cameron O'Neil and John Stammeyer both added one.
The Sabers also received a fine performance in goal from senior Alby Saliu, who gobbled up five River King shots with just the one goal (which proved to be the only score of the second half).
While a big first half proved to be key against Clinton, the Sabers saved their best for the final 30 minutes of their semifinal game with Marquette.
Central peppered the Mohawk goal with shots throughout the game (the Sabers finished the contest with 17), but things were still in doubt until the Sabers reeled off five goals in the second half of a 7-0 win.
Holm gave Central its first goal of the season as he converted a Stammeyer corner kick with a header, while Lass added his first career goal late in the first half to make it 2-0.
The Sabers got things rolling from there as Curiel-Garcia and Kirchgaessner added goals of their own to double the lead.
Lass followed with a one-touch goal and Curiel-Garcia also was able to garner a second score in the game.
Senior Drew Dieckmann finished things off as he blasted a long shot that found the corner of the net.
Kirchgaessner was again a strong facilitator for the Sabers as he added three assists to his goal.
Stammeyer had two assists of his own in the game, while seniors Nick Woodford and Christian Hansen also contributed on goals.
A consistent Central attack kept the Mohawks from really establishing an offensive attack, and the shots that Marquette did take, were smothered by Saliu, who recorded the shutout with three saves.
The Sabers were not the only area squad to kick off its season at the tournament as the Northeast boys soccer team also made its debut.
The Rebels played in the first game of the tourney in a semifinal game with Clinton and then took on Marquette in the third-place game.
Unfortunately, Northeast was unable to come away with a victory as they fell 2-0 to the River Kings and 4-2 to Marquette.
The Rebels spent most of their semifinal game fending off the Clinton attack (the Rebels had just three shots in the game, one each from Matt Lorenzen, Connor Soenksen and Danny Specht), and for the most part they were successful.
The River Kings were able to sneak two balls into the net, but the Rebels still received a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Krogman, who saved 12 other Clinton attempts in 60 minutes of action.
After going a full game without scoring, the Rebels were itching to get on the board against Marquette and they did - less than a minute into the game - as Soenksen went coast-to-coast for a goal that gave Northeast an early 1-0 lead.
Marquette answered with a goal of its own to knot things up, but the Rebels pulled back in front again as Specht received a nice feed from teammate Zach Scott and deposited it into the back of the net.
Unfortunately, the lead was again short lived as Marquette tallied the final goal of the first half on a long free kick that sailed just over the fingertips of Krogman.
The second half belonged to Marquette as the Mohawks broke the 2-2 tie with a goal and then tacked on an insurance score to finish off the win.
Lorenzen and Soenksen both had two shots in the game with Specht converting his one chance and Octavio Cruz adding a shot of his own.
Scott had an assist and so too did Specht, who set up Soenksen' early push to the net.
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