Rage record undefeated season
The Guil-Rand Rage capped a perfect fall season with a 5-1 win over the Mebane Force on Sunday in the under-11 boys division of the Triad Challenge League, thanks to a hat trick from Omar Castrellon and two goals from Angel Hernandez.
As they have done all season, the Rage struck early by getting their first goal two minutes into the contest when Omar’s throw-in to Ryan Smith was tipped by Ryan to Angel, who knocked the ball into the net. The Force defense toughened up, and Guil-Rand couldn’t find the net again until 11 minutes before halftime when Jackson Weil intercepted a short goal kick from Mebane and passed it to Omar, who blasted a shot into the goal.
In the second half, the Force rallied briefly to score with 18 minutes left in the game to make it a 2-1 game, but Guil-Rand countered with three goals in four minutes to put the game away. Omar’s second goal looked like a repeat of his first, with Angel collecting the assist by intercepting the short goal kick before passing it to Omar to score. Omar scored a third time when a scramble for the ball in front of the goal left him with a wide open shot that he blasted into the net. Angel closed out the scoring with his second goal of the day when he and Omar worked a nice give-and-go that set up Angel for an easy score.
The Rage finish 10-0-0 for the fall season, taking home first place in their division with their undefeated record. Guil-Rand tallied 48 goals while allowing just seven and recording five shutouts.
Leading up to the undefeated season, the Rage captured their ninth win of the fall season with a 4-0 victory Oct. 27 over the Central Carolina Attack.
Omar Castrellon gave the Rage the lead 12 minutes into the first half after the Attack goalkeeper mishandled a long volley from Guil-Rand’s Ryan Smith and Omar knocked the loose ball into the goal. One minute later, Will Anderson staked the Rage to a 2-0 lead when he stole an errant pass from a Central Carolina defender and blasted a shot into the net. Five minutes after that, Ryan scored a goal of his own when he corralled Omar’s quick throw-in, battled through two defenders and rifled a hard shot past the goalkeeper, giving the Rage a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Guil-Rand’s offense sputtered a bit, and Central Carolina mounted a few offensive challenges that the Rage were able to shut down. The final goal came when Jack McCroskey converted a penalty kick after he suffered a hard foul in the penalty area.
Jake Clodfelter tended goal to collect the team’s fifth shutout win of the season. Dylan Ward, Logan Somero and Jackson Weil teamed with Jack to provide solid defensive work, and the offense saw good contributions from Angel Hernandez, Nicholas Coltrane, Steven Hoya, Erick Arias and Alex Dutterer.