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Soccer: Eagles return to form – Decatur pulls back into first with 5-0 win

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Getting Head Into Game

GETTING HEAD INTO GAME – Decatur’s Jordan White heads the ball as the Springtown keeper attempts to make a save during the Eagles’ 5-0 victory Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

In dropping a pair of matches to tumble out of first place in District 3-4A, the Decatur Eagles couldn’t find the back of the net.

After 30 minutes of being blanked, Daniel Inguanzo suddenly opened the floodgates for the Eagles’ attack Friday night. His touch off a Sabastian Serrano assist started a barrage of goals for the Eagles in a 5-0 home victory over Springtown.

“That first one is the hardest one. After that the team starts playing with confidence,” said Decatur coach Wes Campbell.

With the win, the Eagles jumped back into the middle of the 3-4A title race at 4-2. Decatur entered Tuesday’s rescheduled showdown with Bridgeport with both teams sitting at 4-2. Wichita Falls Hirschi and Burkburnett are both 4-2-1. The 3-4A schedule ends Friday with Hirschi at Decatur and Bridgeport at Burkburnett.

“We’re just focused on the next game,” Campbell said. “We’re going to continue to fight through adversity.”

On the Run

ON THE RUN – Decatur’s Brett Bean chases down a ball during the Eagles’ win over Springtown Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Decatur was without Jamie Prado, who had five goals in the first three district games, Friday. He will be out until the playoffs.

Juan Tapia picked up the scoring slack Friday. After Inguanzo’s goal, Tapia made a run through the Springtown defense to put Decatur up 2-0 in the 33rd minute. At the start of the second half, Tapia made another run up field. He fooled the Springtown keeper with a sudden stop to recover and then booted the ball in.

“We were prepared for this game,” Tapia said. “It was tough [early]. They marked us really good, but we found a way. After that first goal, we knew we had to keep scoring.”

Tapia had missed time with an injury recently. Campbell said the performance showed what he’s capable of.

“He’s a dynamic player. Anytime he gets the ball, he’s got a chance to score,” the Decatur coach said.

Armando Benitez knocked in a rebound in the 46th minute to extend Decatur’s lead to 4-0.

With three minutes left in the match, Niles Harlan provided the nightcap.

Juan Patino turned in an impressive effort in goal for the Eagles, making seven saves in the shutout.

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