Warriors rout Patriots on the road

Stephanie King

The Wheatmore Warriors opened the week on the road against PAC-7 conference foe Providence Grove on Monday. Wheatmore entered Monday’s game 6-2 in conference play and 9-5-1 overall on the season, while the Patriots were 3-6 in PAC-7 play and 5-9 overall.

Both teams came out strong to start the first half of play, but it would be the Warriors who took control early. Wheatmore stepped to the ball to gain possession and capitalized with a trip to the goal. During the first few minutes of the half, the Warriors shots were either blocked or went wide of the net. Wheatmore finally broke through with a goal from Yoni Mora off an assist from Jagur Williams at the 33:03 mark. The Warriors pressured the ball and took another run at the goal with Sergio Gracie scoring at the 32:09 mark. Providence Grove stepped up their defense and held the Warriors scoreless for the next few minutes. The Patriots tried to get on the board, but the Warriors’ keeper was there to make the save every time. Wheatmore made it a 3-0 game off a goal from Juan Pulido at the 20:20 mark of the first half. The Warriors never let up with their defensive pressure as they held the Patriots scoreless for the rest of the half. Evan Somero capped off the half for the Warriors with a goal at the 9:29 mark. At the half, the Warriors led 4-0.

Wheatmore wasted no time putting a goal on the board in the second half as Ryan Smith scored just 59 seconds into the half for a 5-0 Warrior lead. Providence Grove found ways to break through the Warriors’ defense, but every shot on goal was saved by the Wheatmore keeper. The Patriots tried to stop the bleeding, but it was no use. Gracie and Carson Eaton scored back to back goals just a few seconds apart midway through the second half to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Both teams stayed aggressive as the game went along, but at one point the Patriots got a little too aggressive resulting in a free kick for the Warriors. Pulido scored on the free kick giving the Warriors an 8-0 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half. Wheatmore would end the game a few minutes later when Nathan Hanneman scored at the 1:28 mark to give the Warriors a 9-0 win over the Patriots.

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