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Estudillo scores first goal; Bengals win 2-0
G.W.-Danville named Henry County Cup tournament champs
Bassett's Misael Sanchez makes a pass to teammate Jesse Estudillo (not shown) who scored his team's first goal in the first half as Halifax defender Evin Morrison tries to stop the pass during a soccer game on Thursday in Bassett. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Mid-40 degree temperatures on a windy March night might not be the best time to be drenched with ice water.
But sophomore forward Jesse Estudillo didn’t complain as his teammates showered him with an ice-water bath from the team’s Gatorade cooler at the conclusion of Thursday night’s game where he scored his first career goal to help Bassett’s boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Halifax County in Bassett.
“It feels great, a lot of exciting feelings inside,” Estudillo said. “It’s my first goal of the year and all, and I hope we keep stepping up.”
Estudillo drilled his goal from center of the box in the first half with 15:51 remaining, with an assist from Misael Sanchez, to put the Bengals up 1-0.
The Bengals other goal was on a shot from junior midfielder Rodrigo Garcia from the right side of the box that barely snuck in past the Blue Comets’ goalie.
“Get in on the front post,” Bassett head coach Larry Wylie said describing both goals. “Looking for the diagonal run on the back and a little crossover, a little through ball, put it in the back of the net — which is actually how the first goal happened, and actually, it’s how both goals happened.”
The Bengals (1-1) dominated the time of possession battle against the Blue Comets (0-2) and continuously found themselves in a position to score.
“We kept the ball off our foot,”
Wylie said, “and were able to complete some passes which allowed for us to maintain control in time of possession.”
The Bengals controlled the clock, but for most of the night, Bassett’s wasn’t able to convert its best looks at the net.
BHS scored two goals on 21 shot attempts.
“They’re young guys,” Wylie said. “We got to find guys that can finish. We lost a lot of scoring last year. When we have opportunities, we can’t squander them, and that’s for everybody.”
Defensively, the Bengals were able to keep the Blue Comets out of their territory for the majority of the game. Halifax struggled with simple passes and dribbling and were not able to sustain many efficient possessions. Bassett had effective ball pressure, but Wylie said it kind of let off the gas in the second half.
“Defensively we got a little slack,” Wylie said “Let some runs get through that probably shouldn’t have got through.”
The Bengals made the stops when necessary, though, and walked away from their home field with their first win of the young season.
Bassett plays its next game at Franklin County on Monday.
G.W.-Danville, with a 4-2 win against Bassett on Tuesday and a 5-1 win against Magna Vista on Thursday, was named the Henry County Cup tournament’s champion.