A hat trick by senior Tarit Arangure backed by a stellar defensive performance led the Springfield Yellow Jackets to a 6-0 senior night victory over the visiting Montgomery Central Indians on Tuesday, April 20.
The Jackets entered Tuesday’s contest with just a single win under their belt, but it didn’t affect them as they attacked early and often against MCHS.
Isaac Almanza broke the ice early after slipping through the Indians’ defense and sneaking one past goalkeeper James Carr. Just minutes later, Arangure found the back of the net for his first of three goals on the afternoon.
Both teams traded shots to no avail early in the second half, but senior Angel Camarillo added an insurance goal midway through to give SHS a three-goal lead.
Arangure knocked in his second goal before heading in his third to earn the hat trick on senior night. Camarillo tallied the final goal of the afternoon on a Howitzer from just beyond the penalty area.
After starting the season 2-2-1, the Indians have fallen in three of their last four. While he was not pleased with his team’s performance on Tuesday night, MCHS head coach Graham Bull says that the team needs to focus on two aspects of the game that do not typically show up in a box score.
“We just need to communicate better,” Bull said. “We also need to pass the ball around better than we have been. We just have not been communicating on the field and our passes just have not been there. Each just needs improvement.”
The Yellow Jackets have been forced to utilize their depth throughout the season. Multiple players have been forced to rotate positions to fill in for injured players. While this may have hurt the team record-wise early in the season, it has proved to benefit them down the stretch.
“We attack by defending,” said SHS head coach Zac DeFrancesca. “If we can win the ball up the field, then we have done most of the work already by getting the ball up there and that’s what we’ve been pushing. What helps is our wings have moved around and we have changed positions so much that they were defenders at one point this year so everybody on this team plays defense first, we win the ball, we attack right off the bat and it helps in the long run.”
Arangure is one of the injured players who has just started to return to the Yellow Jacket’s lineup once again. In just his full game back, DeFrancesca says the best is yet to come for his senior who just tallied three goals and a pair of assists.
“[Arangure] was hurt in the beginning of the year and has missed the majority of it,” DeFrancesca said. “He played in half a game a couple weeks ago, played most of the last game and this was the one when he was just unleashed. It’s just exciting because he’s still not fully back in shape yet.”
Hoping to carry the momentum from the win down the stretch, SHS will travel to White House Heritage next Tuesday for some District 9-AA action. Their match against the Patriots is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
For Montgomery Central, they look to quickly put the loss behind when they travel to Charlotte, Tenn. on Thursday to take on the Red Hawks. That match is also scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.