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4/24/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central sophomore John Stammeyer attempts a long-range shot during Friday night’s game with Mount Vernon. The Sabers scored twice from deep shots (Stammeyer assisted on one) during the first half and added another goal on a corner kick (again assisted by Stammeyer), as Central stayed perfect in WaMaC East play with a 3-0 win. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Big first half helps Sabers knock off Mount Vernon

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A change in venue could not change the recent run of success for the Central boys soccer team.

Playing at Ashford University in Clinton due to soggy conditions on their own field, the Sabers earned their third-straight victory with a 3-0 win over Mount Vernon.

With temperatures in the 30s and occasional snow showers, it did not feel much like spring, but what really impacted the game was a strong west wind that essentially cut the field in half.

The Sabers played with the wind at their back in the first half of the game and used it to their advantage with two long goals. Central added another goal on a corner kick with just over two minutes left in the half and it was 3-0 heading into the break.

The two teams switched sides and now it was the Mustangs who were able to get their offense going due to the wind.

The Sabers, though, turned up their defensive intensity and Central goalkeeper Dylan Hance kept Mount Vernon at bay to wrap up the shutout.

"The team is playing well," Central head coach Eduardo Garza said. "The team had a game-plan and everyone did their job to keep the shutout."

Mount Vernon kept the Sabers from making a clear run to the goal during the first half, but Central off-set that by firing, often successfully, at the goal from long-range.

Central forward Pablo Curiel-Garcia set the tone early as he launched a shot from outside the 18-yard box that cleared the outstretched arms of the Mustang goalkeeper and found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

The Mustangs began to extend their defense to cut down on the long shots, but Central struck again when freshman Keegan Lass found some open space and fired a shot that carried into the back corner of the net, increasing the Sabers' lead to two in the process.

Central continued to pepper the Mount Vernon goal with shots and dominated possession in the first half before tacking on one final goal with time running down in the first half.

A Saber shot was deflected out of bounds by the Mustangs to set up a corner kick. John Stammeyer handled the boot and delivered a ball that hung up in the wind.

In fact, the ball sailed past the main collection of players for both teams. Waiting, though, on the far side of the box was freshman defender Elliot Arensdorf, who headed the ball out of the air and into the top of the net for Central's third goal.

The goal proved to be the last score of the game for either team.

With the wind at their back, the Mustangs spent most of the second half in Central's end of the field, but the Saber defense never gave Mount Vernon a good look for a shot.

The shots that the Mustangs did get off over the final 40 minutes of play were either blocked by a Central defender, well off the mark or handled cleanly by Hance (who was credited with three saves, including a great effort late in the game on a close-range shot).

The Central defense also received assistance from a group of counterattacks by the Saber offense.

The maneuvers did not produce any additional goals, but the pass-heavy runs melted time off the clock and the Mustangs' opportunities to get back into the game closed.

Christian Hansen led the Saber attack with four shots, including two on goal, while Curiel-Garcia, Lass and Stammeyer (who also had two assists) each had three shots for the Sabers, who improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in WaMaC East play.

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