By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — It didn’t take long for Logansport’s boys soccer team to get back to its winning ways.
In their first game back since they found out they had to forfeit their first four wins of the season, the Berries turned back Huntington North 3-1 Tuesday on senior night at the LHS soccer field.
Kevin Gonzalez scored two goals and Orlando Casimiro added another as the Berries improved to 1-8 and 1-3 in the North Central Conference. They were 4-4 and 2-1 before the forfeits due to the use of an academically ineligible player.
“I think that we handled it well. It’s a new season right now,” Gonzalez said. “We’re trying to come back from what happened. The past is the past and we’ve just got to move on, look forward to sectionals and try to win it.”
Casimiro scored in the game’s third minute off his own rebound on an assist by Jose Hernandez.
The Berries took a 2-0 lead into halftime when Gonzalez scored from point-blank range on an assist by Phil Stephenson with 1:18 left in the half.
A Stephenson in-bounds pass was headed by Ram Bo to Gonzalez who again found the back of the net to make it a 3-0 game with 15:05 remaining.
The Vikings (5-6-1, 2-1) made a push down the stretch to make things interesting. Sacha Thirion scored with 5:52 remaining to get them within 2 but they wouldn’t get any closer.
“[Goalkeeper] Chuy [Jesus Martin] made some good saves, especially that diving kick one,” Gonzalez said.
The Berries had several other good looks at the goal and had one taken away on an offsides.
“I thought that we were attacking them heavily,” Gonzalez said. “We had plenty of shots, attacking, passes, through balls. I feel we could have ran up the score more, but we still played decent. We played solid defense, still didn’t get the shutout again. We’re still trying.
“We just need to clear the ball there. We let them keep hammering in the 6. We should have just cleared the ball on that one instead of just playing it.”
Logan junior Roberto Coronado got his first start at center back after starter Cooper Kinnaman was lost for the season to a broken collarbone in the Muncie Central game.
LHS coach Mike Turner said Coronado played well for the most part after being called up from the JV team.
“We can create opportunities and score goals, we’ve shown that. That’s really the key thing that we’ve lost is that center defender. That’s a tough one to fill,” he said.
Turner thought his team played well on senior night. The Berries have 12 seniors on the roster this year.
“I thought we had really good team focus to open the match. We made it a point on senior night to forget all the other distractions and make it special for them,” Turner said. “We have a big senior class. They represented themselves well and did a good job. We pressured them well. I was really pleased with the way the boys played. I think they represented themselves well with all of the distractions.”
The Logan coach added a win helps his team move on from the forfeits.
“A win is going to pick everybody up. It happened. There is nothing we can do about it but move on. They’re showing good resilience. I’m really proud of them for their resilience,” he said.
The Berries added a game to their schedule at Fort Wayne Wayne at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.