Cheluca nets hat trick in Northern’s win over Southern
Northern Vance head coach Razvan Tegean told his team prior to Tuesday’s rematch against Southern Vance to expect a different game from the Raiders.
The Vikings cruised to a 7-1 win in the first meeting Aug. 27, but Southern was more competitive in Round 2 although unable to overcome Northern freshman Irving Cheluca’s hat trick in a 4-1 victory for the away side.
“It’s the last chance in the rivalry,” said Tegean. “I thought they were going to come out strong. It was definitely a better effort from them. It was definitely a better game overall.”
Northern scored the first four goals before Lorenzo Ortiz found the net for Southern in the game’s final minute, finishing off a long pass from Luis Amaya.
The Raiders created multiple opportunities in the first half, but couldn’t convert.
“It was better,” Southern head coach Hector Orozco said of his team’s effort. “They still lack a lot of ball control. It’s a matter of time. They have improved. They’re playing a little better. We just have to keep practicing I guess and also working on their fitness.”
Orozco has 21 players on his roster and 10 of those are new to the program.
Ortiz was involved in most of those first half chances. His left-footed blast also struck the center of the crossbar shortly before Cheluca’s second goal to make it 3-0.
“He brings skills,” Orozco said of Ortiz. “He brings offense. He brings danger to the other team. At least we have someone who can threaten.”
Cheluca isn’t the only freshman that has been threatening for Northern. Augustin Escamila is also seeing plenty of time on the field.
Cheluca scored twice in the last meeting with Southern.
“He’s helping us a lot,” said Tegean. “He’s still not strong enough or fast enough for some people. But he does have some good soccer skills. He loves to score. So far both of them — him and Augustin Escamila — they’re a great help for the team.”
Cheluca scored the first goal of the match in the 24th minute, made it 3-0 in the 43rd and wrapped up Northern’s scoring in the 48th on an assist from Sharpe.
“Joseph took the ball on the outside,” said Tegean, “cut it in and slid the ball through two defenders and left him with a one-on-one situation with the goalie. That was smart.”
Tegean added that his team did a great job capitalizing on Southern’s mistakes, but not finishing the opportunities they created for themselves.
Cheluca’s first goal deflected off of Southern goalkeeper Donald Davis before Sharpe slipped one between Davis’ legs for the second goal. Cheluca knocked the third goal in on the rebound of a missed shot.
Southern (0-2) will take a shot at its first win Thursday at home against Northern Nash.
Next up for Northern (2-2-0) is the annual KVA Classic with games on Friday and Saturday. The Vikings play East Wake Academy on Friday.
“I would expect my guys to play hard and try to make it to the final,” said Tegean.