After two frustrating draws in a row Reagan boys’ soccer finally responded as they managed a vital win at Blossom on Friday night. The Rattlers managed to get past Madison 2-0 to solidify their lead in the district.
Reagan dominated the match but a phenomenal goalkeeping performance by the Mavericks Julian Castilleja kept the score down. Castilleja put in the best goalkeeping display of the varsity season, making 22 saves but still having to take the loss.
Castilleja had little help, which cost his side dearly as there is little that can be done with so many chances put on him. Reagan went for the match from the very opening whistle as they looked to put two frustrating result behind them.
It took just five minutes for Reagan to opening the scoring, with their first really dangerous shot of the match. Senior midfielder Emilio Villarreal was able to send a ball in to the box for Carter Lovell to take advantage and bury the chance.
Less than ten minutes later Reagan had two chances in quick succession but Castilleja was up to the task, saving two strong headers. Later in the half a corner gave Reagan another golden opportunity but again, the great wall that was Castilleja kept the Rattlers out.
The saves continued throughout the half as Castilleja kept his side in the match making five more savs in the half. Castilleja was the only one showing effort for the Mavs as he received next to no support from his team mates showing why his team sits with an 0-5-0 record.
After huffing and puffing for much of the second half, the goal finally came 20 minutes in to the half, with nothing Castilleja could do. Villarreal’s initial shot from distance beat Castilleja and came down off the crossbar, falling kindly for junior defender Yaudat Kuri who was able to score with a tap-in to all but seal the match.
With a two goal deficit that should have been more the Mavs started really attacking and with 15 minutes to play had their first real chance of the match. That effort was saved by a defender as Jacob Galan got in the way of it and cleared it off the line to keep it 2-0.
That would be as close as the Mavs would get as Reagan quickly got back control of the match and closed out the 2-0 win comfortably.