Another banner hangs in the CtMS gym after a dominant performance by the 8th grade Wolves in the championship game against Somerton, securing an 8-3 victory.
The Wolves started the game slow, going down 0-2 before Flavio Meza pinpointed a right footed strike from outside the box to bring the Wolves within 1. Somerton added a third goal before half and the Wolves were looking at a 1-3 deficit at half. That however, was the end of any advantage Somerton had. Centennial scored 7 unanswered second half goals. Flavio Meza got the Wolves back on the board with a clutch header on off a cross that got the Wolves back within one. Not long after, the Wolves were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Jim Bermudez stepped up and promptly tied the game with a missile into the back of the net that the Somerton goalie stood no chance of stopping. Flavio Meza would find the scoresheet again for a hat trick to move the Wolves permanently ahead. Jay Fuentes would pad the lead and move the Wolves to a 5-3 lead which looked like it would be enough. The relentless Wolf Pack Attack would not be stopped as Meza would add two more goals for a total of 5 on the day. Luis Toledo looked like delivery man on Christmas, racking up 5 assists on the day while midfielder Zachary Avelar overcame an early injury to dominate the middle of the field in the second half. Goalie Gabriel Yanez showed steady hands and aggressively confronted Somerton’s forwards while defenders Everett Jimenez, Yahir Zavala, Damian Soria, Victor Tapia, Ivan Rodriguez, Angel Nava, and Center back Antonio Terrones and his mechanical arm shut down any Somerton attack in the second half, clearing the ball easily. The Wolves showed great teamwork in poise in coming back in dominating fashion to secure the second Championship for CtMS this week.
The 7th Grade Wolves likewise finished the season strong by upsetting #1 Seed Woodard yesterday in the first round of playoffs, staging a ferocious comeback in the second half that resulted in a 4-3 win for the Wolves. Woodard was undefeated all year before running into a determined Wolves squad that overwhelmed Woodard in the second half with relentless attacking play. After being down 1-3 at halftime, the aggressive play by the Wolves paid off with Nathaniel Claudio pocketing a clutch penalty kick goal to get the Wolves within one goal of Woodard at 2-3. Claudio came through again with a finishing strike to tie the game 3-3 with 2 minutes remaining. With less than 30 seconds left and the Wolves sending everyone forward, Aaron Alvarez controlled the ball in Woodard’s 18 yard box and made a nifty move around the last defender, sighting in the goal and making a precise shot to the side netting that gave the Wolves a 4-3 lead with less than 30 seconds to play. The final whistle saw the Wolves knock undefeated Woodard out of the playoffs and gave the Wolves their fourth win of the year with Woodard taking its first loss. Coach McDaniel said “We focused on just going for it in practice yesterday, we always have to go for it. Even with the score tied 3-3 and 2 minutes left, we have to go for the win and we did. Our mental toughness, our attitude and effort won us that game. I am exceptionally proud of this team.” The 7th Grade Wolves would drop a close semi-final game against Somerton in a shootout after dominating the whole game. "Tough loss, but some goods lessons. We'll be back." McDaniel noted. The 7th Grade Wolves seem poised and ready to challenge for a championship as 8th graders and continue the CtMS streak of excellence on the field.