GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – On a cold night in North Central Florida, the Gainesville High School boys’ soccer team faced off at Cititzen’s Field against Eastside High School.
Behind Jean Mairena’s only goal of the game, the Hurricanes were able to beat the Rams 1-0 on Wednesday.
Both teams played fast and physically in the first half of the game, but neither team managed to find the back of the net with their shots on goal.
Both keepers were on guard, shouting orders at their teammates, as they attempted to counter their opponent’s offensive attack.
As the game progressed, Gainesville began to push the ball more and more into the Eastside territory.
Finally, in the 64th minute, Hurricanes forward Brendan Foley made a run down the left sideline and as he made his way to the top of the box he was able to pass the ball to Jean Mairena just before until the defender reached the ball, and Mairena lobbed a shot towards the far post.
The ball appeared to hang in the air for eternity before hitting the post and ricocheting into the goal. The small crowd of loyal GHS fans who attended the game erupted in excitement as Mairena, Foley and their teammates all celebrated the successful kick.
The Rams would get one more chance to tie the contest, however. Three minutes later, Nio Suzuki scored a free kick into the Hurricanes’ box, giving Jacob Gorham a solid header on the ball, but Noah Van Riper was in perfect position and caught the ball to deny the equalizer. .
Gainesville improves to 7-0-2 with the win, while Eastside drops to 3-3-2 in the season.
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