The Pueblo Chieftan

Cyclones prevail over rival dogs

Coming off a huge upset win over the state’s No 2 team, it would have been understandable if the young Cyclones boys soccer team had a letdown against the perennial contenders from Pueblo Centennial.

But that did not happen.

Instead, the gritty Cyclones overcame oppressive heat and two costly hand ball penalties to beat the Centennial Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime last Tuesday at Pueblo West High School.

The Cyclones struck first, just seven minutes into the game when Enrico Annaloro set up a pretty volley from the right side. It proved to be a huge early goal, because the players from both sides wore down quickly in the 100-plus degree temperatures.

West held the one goal advantage going into the second half, but then things turned a bit dicey as they were called for not one—but two—hand ball penalties in the box.

The Cyclones keeper, Trevor Emond made a great save on the first penalty shot to keep the score at 1-0. But the Bulldogs connected on the second penalty kick, and tied the game with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Then, as Coach Rex Harriman put it, “good ole Karma came a calling for the Cyclones.”

The tables were turned three minutes into the golden goal overtime when Centennial was called for a handball in the box. The Cyclones turned to their team leader and best goal scorer, Jaydon Moreschini to take the penalty shot. Moreschnini did not disappoint. His shot scorched the back of the net, giving the Cyclones a thrilling 2-1 victory.

Coach Harriman said he is very impressed by his young team’s start to the new season. “Going 2-0 against two high quality teams has built our confidence, and every day I see the cohesiveness building amongst our players,” Harriman said.

And while the Cyclones are hoping for a serious cool down in the weather over the next few weeks, they certainly hope to stay red hot in the win column.

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