North Side boys blow past Southwest in soccer

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Fort Worth North Side came out aggressive and dominated Fort Worth Southwest 7-1 in a 4A Region I bi-district playoff match at Scarborough-Handley Field on Monday.

North Side (20-5-1) controlled the match from the opening whistle.

“It was a point of emphasis that this is what we do, cross the ball and attack the goal, pressure and high intensity,” North Side coach Garth Briggeman said.

North Side’s consistent pressure paid off in the 11th minute. With the Raiders (11-10-1) scrambling in their own end, Buhirwa Issa latched on to a poor clearance and slotted a shot from 15 yards out into the right side of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

Another barrage led to the Steers’ second goal. Cristian Navarro unleashed a shot from 20 yards out that Southwest goalkeeper Chris Vargas pushed over the crossbar. Michael Galvan put a head to the ensuing corner kick, but Vargas again bailed out the Raiders by pushing it over.

On Navarro’s next corner kick, Vargas misplayed the ball and scrambling Southwest defenders couldn’t clear it before it crossed the goal line.

North Side stretched its lead to 3-0 in the 32nd minute when Antonio Top scored from 20 yards out just inside the left goal post.

Top netted his second goal in the 45th minute. The ball dropped to his feet inside the Raiders’ six-yard box and he made no mistake banging it into the net.

Southwest avoided the shutout when Ivan Alvarado scored in the 64th minute.

Top completed his hat trick by scoring from the penalty spot in the 67th minute to make it 7-1.

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