Oak Ridge senior forward Jose Rodriguez scored four goals during a 5-0 win over Anderson County on Thursday, and the Wildcats dominated the Mavericks in total shots, 40-1.
Some of those shots went wide right or left, though, or high, and not all were on the goal frame. Rodriguez was credited with 14 shots, including four in the first 11 minutes, and he scored two goals in the first four minutes of the second half.
Oak Ridge Coach Jeff Trombly said he was pleased overall, but the Wildcats (8-5, 6-0 District 3-AAA) failed to finish too many of their scoring chances. Too many shots were at the Anderson County goalkeepers, Trombly said. That’s a sign that players are getting anxious in front of the net and need to look at their shots, he said.
“We’ve got to clean up our finishing,” Trombly said. “We created enough chances, but you’ve got to finish your chances.”
Senior forward Matt Warmbrod was credited with six shots, including one that bounced out off the left upright, and junior forward Austin Vinyard had five. Senior midfielder Lewis Wang, who scored the other goal for Oak Ridge, had three.
Rodriguez, who often had to dribble through or around two or three defenders, scored first on a long breakaway with a pass from Wang near midfield. Rodriguez kicked the ball into the right side of the net in the 30th minute.
Rodriguez scored in the first minute of the second half (the 41st minute), dribbling the ball up the right side of the field and again kicking it into the right side of the net.
He scored again less than three minutes later, beating three defenders, hesitating in front of the net, and kicking the ball into the left side of the net with his left foot.
Wang scored his goal in the 68th minute, dribbling through a few defenders and shooting from right to left, with the ball bouncing in off the left upright.
Rodriguez scored the final goal in the 70th minute, dribbling through two defenders and kicking the ball in off what appeared to be a deflection off an Anderson County player.
Anderson County is 1-6 overall and 0-5 in District 3-AAA.
The Wildcats play Tuesday at Hardin Valley (3-3-1, 1-0-1 District 4-AAA) and will be back at home on Thursday to take on Karns (1-5, 1-2 District 3-AAA).
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