West senior scores two goals in home soccer match

Published 8:49 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

In soccer games this week, West hosted North Moore and Langtree Academy.

West Stanly 3, North Moore 1

Arturo Zelaya provided a big offensive punch for the West Stanly men’s soccer team Tuesday night.

The senior forward scored twice as the Colts improved to 3-2 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Mustangs.

West took an early lead in the 12th minute on a Noel Medina goal, then Zelaya headed in a goal in the 46th minute putting West up, 2-0.

North Moore (1-2-1) answered one minute later to make it a one-goal match, 2-1.

Zelaya ensured the win with four minutes left corralling a long pass and tapping it past the Mustangs keeper for the final tally of the night.

“It was a good ball,” Zelaya said. “I got a little lucky but I finished.”

The senior forward said 2019 could be a good season for West Stanly.

“I feel like we have it in us. We just have to pull it out and play as a team,” Zelaya said.

Head coach Ivan Osorio said Zelaya brings leadership and speed to the team.

“He gives us a counter which let us build (our offensive attack),” Osorio said. “He motivates everybody. When he makes those runs, the younger players want to play like him, not only at games but at practice.”

West Stanly 3, Langtree Academy 1

The Colts avenged an earlier loss to Langtree with the win.

West Stanly takes on Piedmont Monday.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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