|The 2017 4A State Runner-Up Warren Lumberjack Soccer Club|
Fans for Warren packed the Lumberjack section at the Razorback Soccer Field as the Lumberjacks and Sand Lizards warmed up under cloudy and misty skies. Coach Rusty Densmore’s Jacks entered the game with a 20-2-1 record. Dardanelle came in at 19-3-2.
A fast pace was set early in the first half, with both teams battling for prolonged possession. The first 20 minutes saw a few chances go and come for Dardanelle and Warren. Midway through the first half, Warren almost took the lead. Midfielder Sergio Yepes hammered a deep free kick from nearly 50 yards out on goal, but the Dardanelle keeper was on hand to keep it out. However, with 17:34 remaining in the first half, Dardanelle’s midfielder David Rodriguez opened up the scoring, floating a shot off the crossbar and into the goal, just beyond the reach of Warren’s keeper, Hector Torres. Dardanelle led 1-0.
A few minutes later Warren’s Santiago Garcia had another effort just kept out by Dardanelle’s goalkeeper Jacinto Diaz.
Just under ten minutes later, with 9:52 remaining in the half, Rodriguez added to the Sand Lizards’ lead on a free kick to make it 2-0 Dardanelle.
|Warren's Saloman Garay scores during Saturday's 4A State Soccer Championship.|
|Saloman Garay is met by teammates to celebrate his goal for the Lumberjacks.|
Just before the halftime whistle, the Jacks picked up a couple of injuries, as Santiago Garcia and Gadiel Garay both had to come off with slight knocks. They would return.
What seemed like a fast first half pace only increased in intensity in the second, and Dardanelle came out with a fire lit. Seven minutes into the second half, Dardanelle’s Jastin Hernandez knocked home a bobbled shot on Warren’s goal to give the Sand Lizards a 3-1 lead. They would add a fourth just three minutes later via a deep lobbed through ball slotted in by Luis Villegas.
|Warren striker Javier Tinoco makes a clean tackle.|
Jose Perez of Dardanelle put the Sand Lizards up 5-1 after he found a corner kick alluding Warren’s defensive traffic and guided it between the legs of a couple of Lumberjack defenders, across the face of Warren’s keeper and into the netting on the far post with 27:40 left in the second half.
Warren’s Yepes picked up a yellow card with under 8 minutes remaining on a descent looking sliding tackle.
At the 2:20 mark, as time winded down, Dardanelle got its final goal from Jose Samaniengo after a bit of a scramble at the back for Warren’s defense came up unsuccessful in gaining possession. Samaniengo blooped the ball into the back of the net with Warren’s keeper out of goal attempting to handle the danger.
Dardanelle won the 4A State Championship by the score of 6-1. Warren finished as 4A State Tournament Runner-Up. Local Warren State Farm Agent Joey Cathey handed out both the runner-up and state champion trophies during the post-game ceremonies.
Overall, it was a terrific season for what is still a very young soccer program at Warren High School. “You made history guys,” said Coach Rusty Densmore after the game to the squad. “There are a lot of teams that wish they could have been in your position today,” he continued.
|Santiago Garcia storms down the left wing, leaving behind a trail of mist from the wet grass.|
|Victor Xcharicata was a stand-out player in Warren's|
4A State Title appearance.
This Warren Lumberjack Soccer Club can hold its head high. They are the first Warren soccer team to make a state championship appearance, and that’s something that can never be taken away. They also have a terrific returning squad to look forward to, as there are only three departing seniors on the roster, Gadiel Garay, Victor Xcharicata, and Sergio Yepes. Those three players will be tough to replace, but it’s nice to know that both of our main goal scorers, Javier Tinoco and Daniel Mondragon are returning, and Tinoco will just be a junior next season.
salineriverchronicle.com would like to congratulate the Warren Lumberjacks on a marvelous season! We are proud of you, and your community is proud of you.
|Javier Tinoco took on the main striker role for the Lumberjacks in the absence of red carded Daniel Mondragon.|
|Lumberjack Joshua Merales was a top performer in Warren's match Saturday. He will just be a junior next season.|
|Saloman Gary(far left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring Saturday.|
|Warren's Avery Rhoden reaches tall to attempt a header on goal.|
|A Lumberjack shot on goal is corralled by Dardanelle's Jacinto Diaz.|
|Lumberjack winger Santiago Garcia gets in a cross.|
|Right back Bryan Angeles takes a throw in for Warren.|
Here is a full roster for the 4A State Runner-Up Warren Lumberjack Soccer Club:
2 Junior Pacheco
3 Javier Tinoco
4 Joshua Merales
5 Omar Villareal
6 Bryan Angeles
7 Saloman Garay
8 Hector Torres
9 Gadiel Garay
10 Daniel Mondragon
11 Victor Xcharicata
12 Froylan Macias
13 Sergio Yepes
14 Santiago Garcia
15 Brandon Resendiz
16 Jesus Tinoco
17 Alex Jamies
18 Avery Rhoden
20 Daniel Chahuiz
21 Sergio Roque
23 Victor Barajas
24 Jose Cruz
25 Roosevelt Pena
26 Alex Nunez
27 Elija Cortez
28 Fernando Roque
29 Luis Sanchez
30 Osbaldo Covarrubias
31 Alex Rhoden