Over the past few seasons, Spring Creek has earned a reputation as one of the best soccer teams in Wayne County by outplaying opponents and handing out lopsided losses to all comers.
That trend continued Wednesday night as Oscar Escudero, Josue Pineda and Josue Sanchez Inestroza all scored two goals apiece to lead the Gators past Midway 9-2.
The victory improves Spring Creek’s record to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the East Central 2A Conference.
“Overall, I saw that the communication was a lot better, and we continued to work on our weaknesses,” Spring Creek head coach Miguel Torres said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we’ll take it.”
Midway started the game looking to assert itself, but the Gators responded by playing crisp, smooth soccer, and it did not long for the Gators to chomp down on the Raiders.
In the seventh minute, Escudero’s goal got the Gators rolling, and nine minutes later, off a deflection from Midway’s keeper, Pineda scored a goal to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.
During the remaining 24 minutes of the first half, Escudero scored his second goal, while Sanchez Inestroza scored both of his goals, and the Gators built up a 5-0 lead at halftime.
“After we got the first couple of goals, the boys relaxed,” Torres said. “They really settled in and played some nice soccer.”
Less than two minutes into the second half, Pineda booted in his second goal. With Spring Creek now up 6-0, Midway scored its first goal of the game off a free kick in the 44th minute, but the Gators quickly answered, and Adrian Tavera scored a goal to put the Gators up 7-1.
Midway scored its second goal in the 51st minute, but the Gators wasted no time scoring again.
Jonah Velasquez-Perez and Luiz Velasquez each knocked in one goal apiece to cap the Gators scoring.
Spring Creek is back in action tonight in “The Swap” to take on Clinton (1-0).
“I want to see us push the pace much quicker, and settle into the game quicker, and not let so much time go by before we wake up and get our soccer going,” Torres said.