Woodland gets back on winning track with shutout
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Woodland slammed the door on a three-game losing streak while earnings its third shutout of the season by defeating North Paulding, 3-0, in boys high school soccer play.

Meanwhile, the Woodland girls saw their own three-game win streak stopped by North Paulding.

Woodland 3, North Paulding 0

Woodland couldn’t get its offense untracked in the first half but solved that problem and blew out North Paulding, 3-0, in the late stages of the match played Tuesday.

Kurt Moore was a big factor in the victory as the keeper recorded 11 saves for the Wildcats in the first half alone.

It took the Wildcats 20 minutes into the second half to end their scoring drought when Jose Paniagua scored off a huge throw-in from Damien Naelitz.

With nine minutes left, junior Logan Molinaro dribbled into the box and was defended successfully, but he fought hard and got the ball back, eventually finding the back of the net for a 2-0 Woodland lead.

Less than a minute later, freshman Edgar Silvano scored unassisted to wrap up the scoring. Overall, Woodland had 14 shots on goal and Moore recorded a total of 18 saves in the shutout.

“I am really proud of our team for the win,” head coach Ed Guse said. “The boys played well together and this keeps us in the running for playoffs.”

The home game against North Paulding also was the Wildcats’ Senior Night. Seniors recognized were Alec Lavender, Anthony De Filippo, Naelitz, Erik Paniagua, Jose Paniagua, Francisco Coronado, Osbaldo Malvaez and Uriel Ramirez.

Guse praised the seniors.

“These boys become my family, not just my players,” he said. “I enjoy coaching them and seeing them grow not just as soccer players but as young men. I am so proud of each of them and thankful for the time we had together.”

The victory raises Woodland’s overall record to 4-7 and its region record to 3-5.

The Wildcats travel to Villa Rica on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. game.

North Paulding 3, Lady Wildcats 0

The Lady Wildcats were defeated 3-0 by North Paulding in girls high school soccer.

The loss at North Paulding dropped Woodland’s record to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in region play. The Lady ’Cats entertain Villa Rica today. The teams are scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m.