Two days ago the Bluejays’ soccer team (12-3, 7-0) assured themselves at least a share of the Raccoon River Conference Title (RRC).
On Thursday evening Perry decided sharing is overrated as they claimed their third straight RRC Title with a dominating 5-0 victory over conference rivals the Carroll Tigers (3-10, 1-4).
At home Perry managed yet another shutout win. They now have accomplished that feat five times during their current nine game winning streak.
Bluejays’ fans in attendance might have presumed they’d be watching a low scoring game as neither team even sniffed the back of the net. After 40 minutes it was a scoreless match.
“The first half we controlled the ball and moved the ball beautifully in the back and in the midfield but we simply were unable to finish in the final third of the field,” Gary Overla, Bluejays’ head coach said.
Overla felt the first half ‘lack of offense could’ve been due to residual effect of the Adel game, which had not yet worn off so the team didn’t seem as focused as they should’ve been.
“We simply could not find a finish in the first half,” he said.
The scoreless affair quickly dissipated three minutes into the second half when Perry’s Mickey Velasco found RRC leading scorer Jesus Rodriguez for the goal.
Sixteen minutes later Anthony Velasco put the home team up 2-0 after an assist from fellow Bluejay German Alvarenga.
Rodriguez added to his conference goal lead of 19 when he scored on an unassisted goal in minute 69.
In the waning moments of minutes 78 and 79 Perry’s Moses Tellez added back-to-back goals for the eventual five score win.
“The second half was a little better, we scored early and were able to keep the ball if front of their goal for about the entirety of the game,” Overla said. “I honestly think our goalie may have touched the ball a total of about half a dozen times and a majority of those balls were played back to him by our defense.”
Anthony Aragon, Perry’s goalie, held the Tigers from gnawing out any scores for the entire 80 minutes.
“All in all it was a good win but we know we can play better,” Overla said. “We need to put our nose to the grindstone and keep working. We have a solid test on Monday when we play a Des Moines Lincoln squad who has a 10-3 record currently.”
The Bluejays finish their regular season at home on Thursday, May 18, against the Pella Dutch.