Jacuinde’s patience pays off for Stonewall
QUICKSBURG — Seven shots.
That’s how many attempts at goal Stonewall Jackson’s Pedro Jacuinde sent at Page County goalkeeper Tyler Parker on Monday night until the General junior drilled one in.
Then the so-called dam broke and Jacuinde had two goals in 33 seconds to give his team all the goals it would need in a 4-1 Conference 35 quarterfinal boys soccer match at Stonewall Jackson.
The victory sends the fourth-seeded Stonewall team (8-9) on a semifinal mission at second-seeded Madison County on Tuesday. The Mountaineers (11-6-3) toppled Clarke County, 3-1, also on Memorial Day, to host the 5 p.m. kickoff, which will be played on the pitch at Madison County Primary School.
“That first one got me confident, then it was just a matter of following through,” Jacuinde said.
“Pedro, Pedro, Pedro,” said Stonewall coach Caleb Golladay with a smile. “We have one target player and unfortunately — because of numbers — we have to play Pedro at midfield, where he can lead our attack. He does a great job setting up other guys. He played extremely well.”
Even though Jacuinde is a midfielder, Golladay called on him to take the penalty kick which the Stonewall soccer player sent through the net to give his team a 3-1 lead in the 62nd minute.
“I’ll take the guy who gets the foul everytime,” Golladay said. “I knew he would make it.
Jacuinde’s first goal also came in the 62nd minute to give the Generals a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish because of their good defense and the way the Panthers attacked the goal.
The victory was the third straight for the boys team and gave it the edge in the season series. Having lost at home to Page 2-1 at home on April 24, the Generals got the measure of the Panthers 4-3 on May 19 in their final regular season game of the season.
“It’s good to get a little momentum this time in the season as we continue in the playoffs,” Golladay said.
Junior Tyler Lacek gave Stonewall a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when he slide under a defender and knocked the ball off the turf into the net. Then Page’s Nick Clark tied it at 1 in the 56th minute.
Jacuinde had sent three shots at the net in the first half, one of which was stopped by Panther keeper Parker. He added to that total by four in the second half. Again, Parker kept one of them out of the net. He then rang up back-to-back scores for the two-goal advantage.
Freshman Lukas Fultz scored the Generals’ final goal of the game inside the two-minute mark.
Page County coach Josh Caton made the tactical maneuver to put 10 Panthers on the defensive end to stop the Stonewall Jackson offense. For a time, it appeared that the Page coach had guessed right.
Then Jacuinde and Fultz made the Panthers pay in the second half.
“When you play Page, that’s the way they choose to play. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight it didn’t work so well,” Golladay said.
With the two-goal difference, the game became physical. There were several red cards awarded each team and at least one yellow as the squads went at each other.
“It seemed like once we got the lead, they were coming at our bodies and I was afraid we might lose our edge mentally. But the kids held it together,” said Golladay.
Along with focusing on the game, Stonewall played excellently on defense.
The Panthers took 10 shots on goal for the game and just two in the second half. Meanwhile, the Generals had many more opportunities. They took 32 shots to score their four goals.
“Their target players are [Bradley Dovel] and [Clark]. Those are their playmakers. I didn’t think [Dovel] was really into it and we did a good job on Clark,” said Golladay.