Cyclones punch ticket to 2A-8 Second Round
Less than five minutes into Monday’s 2A-8 First Round Tournament Game, Junior Cyclone Elmer Argueta knocked in the first goal of the game en route to a 7-0 victory over the Atlantic Trojans.
Argueta scored four goals, Ian Shelton had two and Nolan Schwery had one on a headbutt.
“It was fantastic to see that many guys score,” said Cyclones Head Coach Dave Voge. “Elmer was just on fire tonight. He’s very good with the ball and he was able to go right down the middle a couple of times and just blast it right in there, so it was nice to see that.”
After scoring his first goal, Argueta added his second goal just passed the 10-minute mark, putting the Cyclones up 2-0. He then went for the hat trick with his third goal of the game just three minutes later.
Argueta continued his dominance over the Trojans knocking in his fourth goal of the night with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Cyclones got production from other players when Schwery headbutted the goal past Trojan goalkeeper Tyrell Williams, putting the Cyclones up 5-0.
Shelton joined the action with his first goal approaching six minutes remaining giving the Cyclones a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Voge credited his guys for stepping up with one of their best players sidelined in Mason Anderson and Quentin McDowell not playing goalkeeper, but hopes to have them back next Monday.
“Mason’s been going to physical therapy,” he said. “He tried a little bit of jogging, but it’s still tender, so we want him to rest another week. Quentin wasn’t feeling very well today, so he kind of toughed it out.”
The Cyclones added one more goal in the second half from Shelton, which was their final goal of the game, giving them the victory and punching their ticket to the next round where they will take on the 10-3 Glenwood Rams.
“It feels great,” Shelton said. “This is the first playoff win of my career and it feels good to do it with all the boys out there.”
The Rams are led by Caden Johnson with 27 goals and 11 assists and Casey Godbout with 55 saves.
“We’ve got some big plans for Glenwood in regards to some of their players, so we’re going to recover tomorrow for Tuesday and then on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we’re really going to lock in and practice and probably over the weekend for a big game on Monday,” Shelton added.