Logan Molinaro seized possession of a long Woodland pass from Francisco Coronado that threaded its way past two Spartans and then fired it to the left of South Paulding’s keeper to score the Wildcats’ only goal of the game in its fifth minute.
Coronado had stepped into a passing lane on the Woodland side of the midfield stripe to intercept the ball and then sent it across the field where Molinaro found a way to win possession from a defender and dribble it about three steps before shooting from about 15 yards out.
From that point it was all over but the shouting, so to speak, as Woodland’s defense made the single score hold up the rest of the way and claimed its fifth victory of the season against seven losses.
Keeper Kurt Moore earned the shutout, the team’s second in a row and fourth of the year. On this night he had a lot of help from his teammates, especially Damien Naelitz, who was a big factor in several takeaways from South Paulding as well as advancing the ball with deep throw-ins.
Ed Guse, head coach, was pleased with the victory but said offensive improvement is needed.
“It was a pretty good game,” Guse said. “The only problem was we need to finish a little more. That’s a problem with our team. Sometimes they get a little nervous.”
During the game several times Woodland players weren’t in position to take advantage of scoring opportunities that developed late during an offensive thrust.
Still, the Wildcats were able to rack up another shutout with their play, getting major contributions from their keeper, fullbacks and midfielders.
“The defense did a pretty good job,” Guse said. “[South Paulding] was especially quick.”
He said Moore had another good game, too.
“In all our games our keeper has played really, really well,” he added.
The coach said the victory keeps Woodland in the playoff picture with one more region game to play.
“We are still looking for the playoffs,” Guse said. “We have one more game but we depend on others [winning]. It will take a combination.”
He said the team could help its chances if it keeps improving offensively.
“We had a game two weeks ago [where] we got like 20 shots on the goal,” he said. “We could not finish. We missed balls under the posts but that’s OK. We are doing really well right now, playing a little better than before.”
He said the Wildcats need to focus on playing their best game when they take on Villa Rica, a game he said that was postponed due to inclement weather and now looms very important on their schedule.
“We need to take care of our business and we need a little help,” he added.
Cartersville 3, Sonoraville 2
It was a stressful game for Cartersville boys soccer coach D.J. Paradis, but his team was able to pull out a victory in penalty kicks over Sonoraville Tuesday night, 3-2.
The Canes scored the first two goals in the 17th and 22nd minute on scores from Javier Alonso and Pedro Robledo, respectively.
Sonoraville then scored after a throw-in and header to cut Cartersville’s lead to one goal in the 29th minute.
A free kick from 25 yards out allowed Sonoraville to tie the game in the 57th minute.
The game would not see another goal until penalty kicks were required.
Cartersville would then outshoot Sonoraville 5-3 in penalty kicks to take the victory and move to 11-4 on the season. Cartersville is now ranked in the top 10 of the GHSA coaches poll and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution top-10 ranking.
“I am happy my players kept fighting and digging,” Paradis said. “I’ve always said, ‘2-0 is the hardest lead to hold.’ Even when they tied it, 2-2, our players kept focused and we were able to do enough when it mattered.
“I have to give a congratulations to Sonoraville because they took us to the limit.”