The Bluejays’ soccer team (10-3) continued their winning ways after a 3-1 victory at home versus the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs (6-6).
In this nonconference bout last Thursday, Perry, led by senior Jesus Rodriguez’s two goal performance took care of business and extended their winning streak to seven games - eight in the last 10.
Rodriguez totaled four points and in the process increased his Raccoon River Conference (RRC) leading goals to 16. He is two goals ahead of Winterset’s Gavin Nevshemal.
Alexis Macias, Perry senior, added the team’s third goal giving him two points. Fellow Bluejays’ Alex Castenada and Christian Guardado added an assist each.
“Boys played extremely well tonight,” Gary Overla, Perry’s head coach said. “Our defense was really pretty good with the exception of the goal. We were able to support each other and keep their opportunities quite limited.”
The game started DC-G’s way with Tucker Keiley sneaking a goal past Perry’s Anthony Aragon for an early 1-0 lead. Aragon would shake the goal off and deny the Mustangs any chances at another offensive strike.
At the 18-minute mark Castenada found Rodriguez for Perry’s first goal. Five minutes later Macias put the Bluejays up 2-1 from a Guardado assist.
The Bluejays put the game away in the 48th minute when Rodriguez struck again with an unassisted goal to put the home team up by two.
“Defensively, even when we did break down we were able to recover and keep the ball out of goal,” Overla said. “Offensively we controlled the game from about midway through the first half into most of the second half.”
The Bluejays are back in action this Tuesday when they travel to Adel to take on RRC foe the Tigers. Perry and A-D-M are tied for second place with identical records.
“If we can continue to play at this level we should be a threat to state,” Overla said. “However, we have to keep our nose to the grindstone and embrace the challenges ahead.”