Overton's Jason Cartagena (11) holds off a Rossview defender as he heads up field with the ball

Overton's Jason Cartagena (11) holds off a Rossview defender as he heads up field with the ball

NASHVILLE -- The John Overton Bobcats soccer team (3-0) remained unbeaten, defeating the Rossview Hawks 4-1 on Monday night. 

“We believe in our style of play,” Overton coach Cole Eppstein said. “We look to wear the other team down and move them around. if we do this, we can make really tight games into games that favor us in the end. 

“We do not have the same type of players as in the prep schools and Williamson County, so I feel this is the way we have to play to level our skill advantage.”

The first half was a defensive struggle with the only goal coming from Overton junior Jason Cartagena in the 23rdminute.

The beginning of the second half displayed an impressive attack from the Hawks. Rossview tied the score 1-1 with a goal in the 49th minute, but the Hawks could not sustain the momentum when Overton began to pull away. 

The Bobcats started their second-half scoring with Cartagena’s second goal of the match in the 53rd minute.

“(Cartagena) has the amazing ability to keep possession,” Eppstein said. “His left foot is really deadly. He has the poise to make the right move in one versus one and two versus one situations close to the goal.”

The scoring parade did not stop as senior Nawn Thang booted the ball into the back of the net in the 69th minute and sophomore Leo Romaro-Velasquez provided the dagger in the 71st minute with a strike of his own to seal 4-1 Bobcat win.

Overton returns to the field on Thursday night at Hume-Fogg. 

“We are looking to improve in all phases of the game: to keep the ball more, press them more efficiently, and do the basics,” Eppstein added.

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