Trojans win sixth straight with 2-0 shutout
The Trojan Train just keeps on rolling. After starting the season 0-2, the Chase soccer teams has reeled off six straight wins and remain tied with Shelby for SMAC supremacy. The latest example came Monday as Nube Jimenez and Ricky Chavez scored goals in a 2-0 shutout of East Burke.
“This is fun,” said Chase head coach Greg Deshommes with a grin. “We still have so much to work on, but I feel like we are starting to build a program now. The biggest thing is Preston Walker and Josè Vasquez did not score tonight and we still won by two goals. Other players stepped up and played very well.”
After a slow start, the Trojans ( 6-2, 5-0 SMAC) began to find its legs in their legs in the 8th minute. Vasquez found Devin Davis on an overlapping run, but Davis’s shot was just wide. Vasquez then found the feet of Preston Walker on the far side of the field, but once again the attempt was wide.
After several more similar chances, they finished one in the 19th minute. Nube Jimenez collected a goal kick from Ansoni Jimenez at midfield. He then made a run into the box and eased the ball past East Burke goalie Jacob Keller.
Moments later, Chase earned a corner and Vasquez put the ball right on the head of Fernando Nieto, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.
The Trojans kept the pressure up for the rest of the half, but Keller kept the Trojans from doing further damage as they led 1-0 at the break.
The home team struck for an early insurance goal in the second half. In the 44th minute, Vasquez sent a corner kick to the corner flag on the opposite side of the pitch.
Leftback Ricky Chavez had pushed forward on the set piece and chased the ball down just before it went out of bounds. He then unleashed what looked to be a cross into the box, but the ball kept bending until it nestled in the top corner of the net for a 2-0 Trojan lead.
“What a beautiful goal,” said Deshommes. “That was supposed to be a pass, but somehow it went in. That was a great play.”
Up 2-0, Chase was content to control the middle of the field and keep possession.
Fullback Lasana Fofana made good decisions under heavy East Burke pressure and was able to play the ball to his back line or goalie. Ansoni Jimenez was rarely tested in the Chase goal, but he did record a leaping save with under a minute left to preserve the 2-0 shutout.
Up next for Chase is a road match with county rival East Rutherford next Monday.
“We are very cautious going into that game,” said Deshommes.” We have nothing but respect for their team because they beat us last year. It will be an exciting match.”
Kickoff is set for 5:30 pm.