Corner kicks propel Bulldogs to first win

Arkansas City High School sophomore goalkeeper Gabriel dos Santos, left, makes a diving save on an attempt by Augusta sophomore Payton Wilcox during the first half Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

Arkansas City High School has a nifty touch on corner kicks.

It was a pair of corner kicks that propelled the Bulldogs to a 4-2 triumph Wednesday afternoon against Augusta in the first round of the round-robin Arkansas City Tournament

“Thrilled with the result and to see the boys record their first win and to be rewarded for the hard work they’ve been putting in,” ACHS assistant coach Joe Schwartz said. ““A lot of good things to take away from the game, but still plenty to work on as we move forward.”

Coffeyville defeated Mulvane 6-1 in Wednesday’s other first-round match.

Ark City senior forward Luis Madrigal bent a corner kick around the post and into the net 27 minutes into the match to give the Bulldogs (1-1) a 1-0 lead.

Madrigal made it 2-0 seven minutes later with a chip shot in front of the box off a nifty feed from senior Dilen Gill.

Senior Colby Klotz made it 3-0 about 1 1/2 minutes later by bending his corner kick around the post and into netting.

“I am particularly pleased with how we started the game. It was a lot of fun to watch,” ACHS head coach Andy Stone said. “The boys really came out of the gate on fire, creating and scoring chances.”

The Orioles (1-2) finally got on the board eight minutes before halftime on a breakaway goal from Payton Ball to cut the deficit to 3-1 by halftime.

Augusta made it a two-score game eight minutes into the second half on a header by Bradon Anderson.

It stayed that way until the Bulldogs converted another corner kick with 2:20 remaining to all but seal the victory when junior Chris Arcos headed in a corner shot by Gill.

“We learned a valuable lesson in our defeat to Winfield last week about not taking our chances,” Stone said. “So scoring three times in the first 15 minutes really gave us a great foundation to build on.”

Sophomore Gabriel dos Santos recorded 11 saves in goal for Ark City. Kyle Allman stopped four shots in goal for the Orioles.

“The team has worked very hard in practice on defending and attacking set pieces, so it was great to see our hard work paying off in key moments like the two goals we scored from corners.” Stone said.

Thursday’s matches were postponed due to inclement weather and have been rescheduled for Monday.

Saturday’s schedule has Coffeyville against Augusta at noon, followed by Mulvane and Ark City at 2 p.m.

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