Reyes scores 7 goals in Monroe's win
Cesar Reyes put on a show with a seven-goal performance to lead Monroe to a 9-3 road victory over Sun Valley on Wednesday.
A junior forward, Reyes contributed on all nine Monroe goals; he assisted Bryan Hernandez on the first two goals of the match.
A penalty kick started a scoring barrage that wouldn’t stop on Wednesday.
“It feels good when you’re scoring, hearing the ball hit the back of the net,” Reyes said. “I have to thank my teammates for it. It’s not mostly me, it’s them.”
Reyes finished off the first half by scoring on back-to-back free kicks, giving him a hat trick at halftime.
The Spartans (0-4) desperately tried to rally, but it left them out of position at times and created more scoring opportunities for the visitors.
The Redhawks kept the ball moving all night on offense.
“That’s our system,” Redhawks coach Orlando Padres said. “We were consistent passing the ball. The crosses, diagonal passes, that’s our game. That’s what I work on everyday in practice.”
Reyes scored for a fourth time off an assist from Hernandez before adding another free kick. He also scored an assisted goal from Alex Aguirre and his final goal of the night was unassisted.
The Redhawks (2-0) opened the season with a 6-1 home win over SV, giving them 15 goals through the first two matches.
“It makes us feel confident that we know we can score,” Reyes said. “We all work together and everybody is made to score.”
Padres has an experienced squad, and the Redhawks are expecting big results in 2014.
“This is our third year with the same guys,” he said. “They’re maturing. With the help of the younger players, it should continue to build. … Our goal has always been to win conference. That’s our goal number one.”
Reyes believes the Redhawks are prepared to challenge defending champion Central Academy for the title.
The Cougars are also unbeaten thus far in the preseason (3-0-1). Monroe travels to CATA on Sept. 22, then hosts the rematch on Oct. 8.
“I think we can compete with CATA,” Reyes said. “We will give them what we’ve got.”
The Spartans showed life after halftime and started to find holes in the Redhawk defense.
Angel Gauzo lifted a pass to Julian Cortes that he chipped into the net. Cortes paid for it with a midair collision that forced him to sit out the rest of the match.
Jordan McGinnis and Logan Stuart followed with goals to triple the team’s output in the first meeting with Monroe.
Monroe opens Rocky River Conference play today with a home match against Parkwood starting at 6 p.m.
Sun Valley, which hosted A.L. Brown Thursday night (late result), is at Union Academy next Wednesday.
NOTE: The state record for goals in a game is 11, set by Matt Smith of Eastern Alamance in 2003.