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Panthers soccer stays strong in wins

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Photo by Nathan Clay Jarrett Hernandez (17) tries to round the 'keeper and shoot after slipping in behind the Summit defensive line. Hernandez finished the game with two assists and a goal in a 4-2 Panthers' win. The Panthers, with the win over Summit,

DHS' varsity soccer men had a busy week with two games in four days as they faced Montrose on the 28th and Summit County on the 31st. Both games went down as strong wins for the Panthers against tough opposition, making the Panthers' record for the season 3-0.

Against Montrose, Delta won by 4 goals to 2.

Two of the four goals were netted by Delta captain Martin Corral (Jr), with Jarret Hernandez (Jr) and Jose Pantoja (Sr) contributing one goal each.

Montrose answered with two goals but couldn't manage to get back into the game.

The Panthers kept Montrose quiet in the second half and controlled the game with tough defensive work and some acrobatic keeping by goalie Felipe Bedoy (Jr), who was named man of the match for the game against the Indians.

Against Summit, Delta once again scored four times and was able to see off Summit despite stiff competition from the Tigers and some chippy play. The referee struggled to maintain control of an increasingly physical game, and each team was issued a red card toward the end of the match for their involvement in a dust up on the pitch.

The highlight of the game came near the 40th minute when Pantoja floated in a beautiful cross from just inside the byline which was met in the middle of traffic by Corral who finished emphatically with a spectacular overhead kick. Corral managed to complete a hat trick of goals and he was named man of the match.

The scoring was finished off by Hernandez in the second half making the final score 4-3.

The Panthers hope to continue their winning start to the season at Crested Butte on September 6.

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