Washington’s Luis Gamboa (above) moves the ball around during the Pam Pack’s 3-0 win over Edenton.
Washington’s Luis Gamboa (above) moves the ball around during the Pam Pack’s 3-0 win over Edenton.

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Pack soccer continues to roll

Published 10:17pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Pam Pack ripped off its third straight win on Tuesday as it blanked Edenton 3-0 thanks to an efficient offensive performance and another stellar outing by its defense.
Jorge Rodriguez scored two goals for Washington and Luke Ainsworth had the other, while keeper William Tate kept the Aces from scoring.
Rodriguez got the Pam Pack rolling early as he netted two first-half goals to set the tone.
“(Scoring early) is very important,” Washington coach Jimmy Kozuch said. “No matter what sport you’re playing you want to try and put your opponent away as quick as you can. Any time you play a close game your always one shot away from losing, so if you can take an early lead it sets the tone for the day.”
Rodriguez was on fire from the start as he drilled a long distance shot past the Edenton keeper to put the Pack up 1-0.
“Rodriguez had an awesome goal,” Kozuch said. “He scored early on in the game when he took a pass from Sergio Higuera and the goalie was off his line and he took a shot from about 35 yards out and put it just under the post. It was a gorgeous shot.”
Kozuch said Rodriguez has been a force for the Pack so far this season.
“Jorge’s play’s been huge,” Kozuch said. “Every team needs somebody to score some goals and right now he’s been very important to us.
“He’s got 12 goals in seven games. He’s been playing really good, he works hard and has gotten in good shape.”
Washington’s 6-0-1 start is the best during Kozuch’s eight-year tenure with the Pack and he said the team’s defense has been the key.
“We’re just doing a good job defensively and not allowing a lot of goals,” Kozuch said. “We have about four shutouts so far this year and if you don’t let up a lot of goals it will keep you in games.”
The Washington JV team upped its record to 7-0 on Tuesday as it topped Bear Grass 7-0. The Pam Pack will look to continue its strong play on Monday when it travels to Riverside.

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