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Central boys record another shutout victory

Aberdeen Central’s Sekou Gogue, center, looks to kick the ball entered on a corner kick as Huron’s Ronaldo Pineda, front left, looks back and Ah Lar Sar (3) looks on during last week's match at the Brownell Activities Complex. Gogue assisted on a goal in a victory Tuesday at Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Photo by John Davis taken 8/30/2022

SIOUX FALLS – The Aberdeen Central boys’ soccer team came up with another defensive gem and provided plenty of offense to go along with it Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles scored a trio of goals in the opening half on the way to a 3-0 victory over Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

“We have been tweaking and changing the lineup to continue to find and build rhythm on the field,” said Central coach Lance Mohr. “Tonight was as close as we’ve been to finding that gear.”

The Eagles exploded for three goals in 10 minutes to take control.

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Derek Arunasalam started the surge with a goal on an assist from Sekou Gogue in the 28th minute. Gabe Johnson added another goal on an assist from Tyler Bain two minutes later. Johnson then found the back of the net again in the 38th minute on an assist from Pablo Belaunde Ledezma.

Meanwhile, the Central defense was once again up to the task. The Eagles, who shut out Brandon Valley last weekend, have now blanked three foes this season.

Roosevelt managed just three shots on goal against Central.

“Defensively, we prevented them from creating any really dangerous opportunities which was a huge plus,” Mohr said. “Offensively, once we found the net, it gave us a little momentum to finish the game.”

Central improved to 5-2-1 on the season. The Eagles host Harrisburg at noon Saturday at Brownell Activities Complex.

Aberdeen Central 3 0 – 3

Sioux Falls Roosevelt 0 0 – 0

First Half

1, AC, Derek Arunasalam (Sekou Gogue), 28th minute; 2, AC, Gabe Johnson (Tyler Bain), 30th minute; 3, AC, Johnson (Pablo Belaunde Ledezma), 38th minute.

Second Half

No scoring

Shots on Goal: Aberdeen Central 14; Sioux Falls Roosevelt 3.

Goalies: Aberdeen Central, Camden Fauth (3 saves); Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Dawson Aberson (11 saves).

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