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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Jason Orellana (Decatur 26) and a Pirate player go head to head over a loose ball during the March 1 Decatur-Locust Grove boys' soccer match at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. The varsity boys won their first match of the season with an 11-0 shutout of Locust Grove.

DECATUR -- With all the pieces falling into place, the Decatur varsity boys' soccer team took to the field at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur for a scrimmage match against the Locust Grove (Okla.) Pirates March 1. By the time the dust settled 50 minutes later, the Bulldogs emerged triumphant, defeating the Pirates by 11.

This was the first match for head soccer coach Sheldon McKinzie, who took over the program from interim coach James Garner in September 2017. McKinzie was joined by Ashley Riggles, his new assistant coach.

Several veteran players, such as seniors Sebastian Perez and Alexis Gramajo, and juniors Rigo Rubi and Meliton Hurtado, who were members 0f the 2015 state playoff team, returned this season for the Decatur Bulldogs. They were joined by a host of new faces like Roger Hernandez, Carlos Perez, Jose Rubi and Abel Gomez, all freshmen eager to play soccer.

From the time the clock started ticking, the young Bulldog team quickly established its dominance, taking control of the contest and making several assaults on the goal. By the end of the first half, the Bulldogs had built a seven-point lead. The few times Locust Grove managed to drive toward the Decatur net during that half, goalkeeper Roger Hernandez made several saves, foiling any Pirate scoring attempts.

Decatur continued to control the match in the second half, adding four more points before time ran out. The Decatur Bulldogs took their first victory of the season, 11-0, over the Locust Grove Pirates.

Sports on 03/07/2018

Print Headline: Bulldogs win first soccer scrimmage of season against Locust Grove

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