The Central Academy of Technology and Arts boys soccer team improved their record to 5-3-2 on the season with a 5-0 road win over Mount Pleasant (3-8 record) on Monday night. Cougars head coach Jay Niessner earned his 150th career win in 14 seasons with the program.
Niessner started the program from scratch in 2007.
“It’s special to me to have been able to accomplish it here,” Niessner said. “It’s a testament to our players over the past 13 years buying into our vision.”
Against the Tigers, Central Academy scored four goals in the first half. Natu Tewelde and Jose Dominguez scored two goals each while senior Marco Almeida contributed a goal. Tewelde leads the Cougars with seven goals this season, and Dominguez leads the team in assists (four).
Goalkeepers Noah Babineau and Hayden Gessner combined for the shutout. Babineau had four saves and Gessner had two.
“We had to play our game,” Niessner said. “We spent the rest of the week getting back to basics … (I) told the boys to impose our style of play, and we would be successful, and thankfully that’s what happened.”
Central Academy will host Porter Ridge on Friday night.
Union Academy 5, South Stanly 0
The Cardinals are back in the winning column after cruising to a 5-0 home win against South Stanly on Monday night. Union Academy, which improved to 5-4, currently stands second in the Yadkin Valley 1A/2A Conference.
Senior Liam MacKinnon led the Cardinals with four goals and junior Corbin Esquivel also scored a goal. Goalkeeper Patrick MacKinnon had one save while earning the shutout.
Porter Ridge 2, Independence 0
Head coach Ron Ladimir’s Pirates are 6-1-1 after shutting out Independence on Monday.
The Patriots’ record is now 3-6-2.
Senior Hayden Barzoff and sophomore Aiden Webb each scored a goal in the win. Teammates Sebastian Panheco and Kevin Perez contributed one assist each. Junior Henry Cerom had another shutout and finished with 10 saves for the Pirates. Porter Ridge has four shutouts this season.
Porter Ridge, which improved to 6-1-1, is on a two-game win streak after a tie against Butler.