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Trojan experience too much for Maquoketa Cardinals

May 8, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Not even four minutes had ticked off the clock in the second half when South Tama's Rogelio Flores tapped in the 10th and final goal for the Trojans. The Trojans managed to shut out Maquoketa, moving them to 7-3 on the season.

It was the third time this season the Trojans have managed to enact the 10 goal rule. Two nights before their cross-conference matchup with Maquoketa, the Trojans shut out Mount Vernon 10-0. They also defeated West Delaware 11-1 on April 18.

The contest was a sheer domination by STC's older and more experienced offense. For nearly the entire 44 minutes played the Trojans controlled the field. The Trojans were faster, better at ball handling and had much more experience than their opponents.

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South Tama County’s Jeffrey Fuentes with a goal attempt on Thursday,?May 2. The Trojans defeated Maquoketa 10-0.
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The Cardinals are a young team with just one senior on their roster. In fact out of their 20 member roster, 19 are either freshmen or sophomores. South Tama's team is nearly double the Cardinal bench with 39 on the roster, and seven are seniors.

One of those seniors, Jonathon Castrejon shined in Thursday's performance. Castrejon scored the Trojans first goal in the opening minutes. He had a hat trick before the mid way point of the first half and ended the night with six goals. Also getting in on the action were Jorge Davila, Jeffrey Fuentes, Kevin Acosta and Flores who each had one goal a piece.

The Trojans led 9-0 going into halftime. After halftime, Flores scored the Trojans final goal ending the game with the Trojans up 10-0.

The Trojans dropped to Class 1A this year after several years in Class 2A. In the past South Tama has had a share agreement with East Marshall. However this year there were no Mustangs to come aboard.

Post season is right around the corner and substate assignments have been issued by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The Trojans are in Substate 4 with Benton, Cedar Valley Christian, Highland, Riverside, Mid-Prairie, Wellman, Regina, Iowa City, Vinton-Shellsburg and Williamsburg. Substate quarterfinals start May 20, semi-finals are May 22 and Sub-state Finals are May 25.

"It's fun to have games like that once in a while, but we are continuing to prepare for a tough Wamac West schedule the rest of the season. We played well last night and are looking to gain momentum as we head into the second half of the season. We can't hang our hats on that game because we played three games at the Waverly tournament on Saturday, and then we will be competing against a pair of high level teams next week in CCA and Marion," said coach Nate Van Dyke.



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