Talk about a wild five minutes.
In less time than it takes to respond to a few emails, make some Mac and Cheese or listen to Queen’s epic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Charleston scored four goals in rapid succession against Richland County, turning a tight 2-1 game into a 6-1 blowout on Saturday afternoon.
CHS scored two more goals afterward in an 8-1 victory, culminating a stretch of four games over five days in which the Trojans went 2-1-1.
CHS actually started the game quickly, scoring in the opening minute when Blake Garrett fed William Carillo for a goal. But the Trojans did not score again until the final minute of the first half when Carter Gordon drove in his seventh goal of the season––and second in two days––on the first of Carillo’s four assists to give CHS the 2-1 edge entering the second half.
“We started off pretty quickly with a first-minute goal, but then you could see the fatigue set in from this being the fourth game in five days,” said CHS coach Josh Garrett.
Then, just past noon and four minutes into the second half, Caleb Limes dived high into the air from about 10 feet out to drive a header into the right side of the net off a corner kick from Carillo to make it 3-1.
Three minutes later, Josh Tresslar raced toward the net to head in another corner kick by Carillo. It was the junior defender’s first varsity goal.
A minute later, Blake Garrett scored the first of his three goals by deftly rolling a shot past Richland’s goalkeeper into the left side of the net for a 5-1 CHS lead.
And only one minute after that, Carillo blasted in his second goal, and 12th of the season, past a diving Richland goalkeeper.
“We really got rolling in that second half and had a great offensive effort,” Garrett said. “We played great team soccer, particularly in that second half.”
Garrett added two more goals, at the 15th and 22nd minutes, to cap the scoring. The junior now has a team-high 15 goals, three more than Carillo, who now has six total assists.
CHS’s Ben Tresslar recorded three saves.
Charleston defeated Hoopeston the night before, scoring twice in each half for the 4-0 victory. Carter Gordon, Aly Abou-Zaid, Garrett and Eugene Ohba each scored.
Charleston played Mattoon to a 1-1 tie on Thursday and lost 4-2 to Mt. Zion on Tuesday.
Said Garrett: “Hoopeston was the biggest and strongest team that we’ve faced this year. It was a physical game but our guys responded well and played the style that we want to play. We had four nice goals and a clean sheet on defense so we were very pleased with that effort.”