Edison Rios has emerged as a quality goal scorer for the Van Horn Falcons, and he showed why in a non-conference home game against St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Thursday.
He notched a hat trick to help the Falcons capture a 4-3 non-conference overtime win over the Guardians.
“A much improved team than what we saw play at the Raytown South Tournament,” Van Horn coach Jesus Rodriguez said of St. Michael. “They were quick to press fast up top. We dominated the tempo of the game. But our defense had a hard time to their fast breaks after recovering or intercepting passes. We definitely could’ve played better.”
Junior midfielder Angel DeAvila scored Van Horn’s first goal in the 31st minute, and Rios got his regulation goals in the 34th and 77th minutes before scoring the game-winner in overtime off an assist from Joxel Figueroa.
“In my opinion, the most gratifying feeling is the fact that twice this week we were challenged and came from behind to win the game,” Rodriguez said. “Our team found the way to win and that is huge.”
On Wednesday, the Falcons had no trouble dispatching host Knob Noster in a 10-0 win.
The Falcons had eight different players score, including two goals apiece from Juan Rangel and Rios. Kobe Otano, DeAvila, Danilo Anaya, Darren Goin, Tony Chavira and Florencio Rojo each added one goal. Julio Rios led the team with three assists and DeAvila and Edison Rios each had two.
“Knob Noster asked if we took the JV team,” Rodriguez said. “They were big and our guys look small. After the game, coach complimented our guys. The game ended early but it was a perfect time to get our whole team playing time.”
SPRINGFIELD GLENDALE 3, TRUMAN 1: Truman was unable to hold off Glendale in the second half in the opening game of the Columbia Rock Bridge Invitational Friday.
Korby Ring scored in the third minute to put the Patriots (5-8) ahead early but Glendale scored in the 33rd minute to tie it by halftime.
Glendale scored in the 73rd and 75th minutes for the win.
SMITHVILLE 3, FORT OSAGE 0: The Indians fell to 5-9 overall after a non-conference loss to the Warriors Thursday in the final game of the Park Hill South Classic.
The Indians finished 0-3 in the tournament.