It is safe to say that Hobbton has been the thorn in Rosewood’s side for the last handful of seasons. The Eagles had not beaten the Wildcats since 2015.
However, on Wednesday evening, Rosewood snapped its losing streak against Hobbton with a dominant 6-0 win in Carolina 1A Conference play. The Eagles are now in prime position to win their first conference title in over a decade.
“The boys asked when was the last time we beat Hobbton, and I couldn’t tell you the last time we beat them,” Rosewood head coach Eddie Maldonado said. “The games are always close, and it seems like we always end up on the wrong side.
“So, it feels good to finally beat them. It’s been a long time,”
The Eagles were in control from start to finish, and their six-goal barrage began in the 12th minute.
A Hobbton defender attempted to pass the ball back to the Hobbton goalie, but the pass was off, and Aaron Zamora quickly gathered the ball and buried it into the empty net.
Then, in the 16th minute, Zamora ran down the field and fired off a shot that deflected off the Hobbton’s goalie’s hands. Antonio Zavala-Baeza quickly gathered the ball and scored.
Just one minute later, Bryce Strickland’s header gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
“We’ve struggled with consistency. We’ve struggled with finishing around the goal this year, and I think the first time we played them, the boys told me they were nervous,” Maldonado said. “If you get nervous, that’s fine, but after the first five minutes, that has to go away, and you get excited because these are the games you should want to play.
“I don’t want them to be nervous. I want them to have fun, and I think the difference was we relaxed a little bit.”
The Eagles continued to soar over the Wildcats in the second half.
Giovanni Amaro-Silva’s goal off a deflection in the 43rd minute increased Rosewood’s lead to 4-0. The Eagles then tacked on two more goals in the 47th and 48th minute to conclude their offensive onslaught.
Even though the Eagles (9-0-3 overall, 3-0-1 CC) finally managed to beat Hobbton, Maldonado said the Eagles still have plenty of goals they want to achieve this season. Their path toward a conference title continues on Monday with a trip to Union (0-7, 0-6).
“We talked about three parts to the season. Non-conference is to get ready for conference, and conference is to get you into the playoffs,” Maldonado said. “Where can we be when conference starts? Let’s look at where we’re at, and let’s see what we can do, and the goal is to get that conference title.