Tigers rout their chief rival

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Central's soccer team has not lost since a 2-1 defeat against St. Pius in its season opener.

The Tigers kept their momentum chugging along on Tuesday as they steam-rolled rival Jackson 6-0 on the road. Central improved to 9-1 with its ninth straight victory. Jackson dropped to 4-4-2.

"We've got a lot of confidence, but we're not going to get big-headed," Central senior Tyson Whiteside said.

Whiteside got the Tigers off to a fast start on Tuesday, scoring within the first four minutes of the game. With an open net in front of him, Whiteside hit a low shot off the inside of the left post which caromed out but not before narrowly crossing the goal-line.

The shot was not initially signaled a goal by the referee. The linesman made the goal call.

"It was in," Whiteside said confidently. "It crossed the plane. I did cut it close. Got a little lucky off the post."

Jackson coach Zack Walton saw the goal a little differently.

"I felt like that first goal took some wind out of us right there," Walton said. "That was a tough one to take. It goes off the post and comes out and they call it in."

Central did not take long to strike again.

Lance Altenthal scored less than three minutes later on a perfectly struck head ball inside the goal box off a Trevor Beckham cross. Jackson goalie Tyler Holman did not even have time to react.

"I thought we maintained control the first half," Central coach Tom Doyle said. "Obviously, by maintaining control we put it into the net. That set the tone."

The Tigers added one more controversial goal with seven minutes left in the half from Ryan Vangilder. Vangilder appeared to commit a handball as he settled a deflection off a corner kick before putting the ball in the net.

Central continued to control the game in the second half. Whiteside scored his second goal of the game 15 minutes into the half on a powerful low shot from about 25 feet out. Holman got a piece of the shot but could not steer it wide of the net.

"I just took it," Whiteside said of his shot. "Doyle always says if you're out there have a go."

Added Doyle: "Tyson works so hard. He reminds me a lot of Heath Orr in that he gets the job done. He puts the ball in the net."

Jackson's rough night was epitomized on Central's fifth goal. Cody Gaither came up for a long throw-in, and ended up being credited for the goal when a Jackson player inadvertently headed the ball by Holman.

Altenthal finished the scoring with his second goal of the game in the final two minutes of regulation.

Josh Hester and Thomas Keener added assists for the Tigers. Jordan Young was in goal for the shutout.

"It was a team effort," Whiteside said. "We played hard. We played the way we know how to play. Everyone did a good job."

Central, ranked No. 7 in the Missouri Coaches Association top 15 poll, will travel to Springfield this weekend to play Springfield Glendale on Friday and Springfield Parkview on Saturday.

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