After reaching the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs last season, Rosewood is hungry to go even further this season.
The Eagles, who have now won 16 games in a row, defeated East Wake Academy 7-0 in the second round of the playoffs on Thursday evening.
Rosewood will now host Falls Lake Academy in the third round on Monday with a chance to reach the fourth round for the second time in three years on the line.
“This a good group of guys. They work really hard, and they’re hungry, especially after last year,” Rosewood head coach Eddie Maldonado said. “They’ve got goals, and their goal is to get a little bit further than they did last year.”
Just like in their first-round matchup against Lejeune, the Eagles got off to a hot start.
Aaron Zamora opened the scoring when he collected a loose ball and slipped a shot past the East Wake goalie. In the 27th minute, Reece Gery scored his first goal of the game to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
“This year, as the season had gone on, we do a really good job of getting forward together as a group. Players are flying forward, and they want to score goals,” Maldonado said.
Gery, who finished the game with a hat trick, scored his second and third goal in a five-minute span, and the Eagles built up a 4-0 lead at halftime.
“We started really fast, but after the first five to ten minutes, we kind of settled down, and they (East Wake) settled into the game, and it became more of a game. Now we took advantage of our opportunities, which is really important,” Maldonado said.
The Eagles pulled ahead 5-0 in the 42nd minute when Hector Gutierrez launched a cross into the box that Zamora buried into the back of the net.
Giovanni Amaro-Silva fired off a shot in the 77th minute to make the score 6-0, while in the waning seconds of the game, Antonio Zavala-Baeza capped the Eagles’ scoring.