Seahawks win on senior night, sweep conference slate

Published 10:10 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CHOCOWINITY — Sophomore Eduardo Gonzalez had two goals in the first half to lead Southside to a 4-1 win over Northside. The senior-night win capped off a 6-0 run through the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference.

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It also capped off an emotional week for the Seahawks. Southside had just clinched its first 1-A Coastal Plains Conference championship in overtime against Riverside. Then, in the waning moments Wednesday, senior Caleb Petty — one of six players honored — netted his 10th goal of the season.

“It has been full of emotions,” Southside coach Jay Petty said. “It’s been a good week for the players. Our first conference title for Southside High School in soccer. Then, tonight being senior night. I wanted to make sure the seniors got as much playing time as they could tonight.

“Caleb has been sitting at nine goals since his injury. ‘I just want to get to 10. I just want to get to 10.’ He’s still playing with an injury right now. … It was a release of emotions when he got his 10th goal of the season.”

The game was similar to the encounter in Pinetown. Southside used a three-goal second half to win on the road a week ago. This time, the Seahawks found twine thrice in the first half.

The sophomore duo of Jaime Guzman and Jairo Juarez linked up for the game’s first goal 11 minutes in. Gonzalez netted his pair within minutes of each other. Both came from the right side of the penalty area from point-blank range.

“They’re going to have to pick up the pieces,” Petty said of his talented corps of non-seniors. “The entire backline, other than Johnathan Prado, they’re all seniors. … We’ve got a positive thing going forward in that I’ve got quite a few sophomores and juniors that will be able to pick up the pieces.”

With that, Southside had a 3-0 lead in the 22nd minute. It was a shot to the confidence of the traveling Panthers, who only managed one goal at home in their first meeting with Southside. But Max Geritz dinked a shot off the post that found its way past Seahawk goalkeeper Johan Prado, giving Northside some momentum heading into halftime.

“It’s been a really good team. We’ve got some seniors and we’ll lose five seniors,” Northside coach Bogy Patton said. “When I came here and we started the club — well, kind of rekindled it — it’s been amazing how these kids have come and learned to play soccer.”

Satoru Shinohara took over the second half. Northside’s senior goalkeeper, perhaps playing in his last game in the black and white, made incredible saves throughout the latter 40 minutes. He made stop after stop until Petty finally beat him with three minutes remaining.

“He is just outstanding. You have to hit it just right, at the right time and in the right place to get it past him,” Petty said. “We saw that last time at Northside. It’s just a stalemate with ‘Tiger’ when he’s in goal.”

Southside will figure out its first-round playoff matchup after Monday’s reporting deadline.