West Noble claimed the NECC boys soccer tournament championship Saturday evening with a 4-2 victory over host Westview in the finals.
The Warriors, who upset the favored Chargers, 3-2 in last year’s tourney semifinals, got off to a good start when Nate Gerardot beat West Noble goaltender Jonathan Moreno in the 14th minute. Lindon McDonald earned an assist on the play.
But instead of putting the Chargers on their heels, Gerardot’s early tally seemed to wake up the coach Ampelio Pizana’s club. Uriel Macias knotted the count at 1-all with a goal in the 23rd minute, while a penalty kick marker by Abel Zamarripa less than two minutes later gave West Noble a 2-1 lead.
Macias struck twice more in the 26th and 28th minutes to increase the Charger advantage to 4-1. A penalty kick goal by Lucas Hunter cut the Warrior deficit to 4-2 at halftime.
Though both teams had good scoring chances in the second half, neither could find the net with their attempts.
Moreno finished the match with six saves. Westview keeper Tarrin Beachy stopped eight Charger shots.
Westview and West Noble both reached the finals thanks to shutout wins in the semifinal round Friday night in Emma.
The Warriors erupted for seven goals in the first half against Eastside and cruised to a 7-0 triumph over the Blazers. McDonald and Bucky Carpenter each tallied two of the Westview goals. Putting in one apiece were Gerardot, Micah Hunsberger and Jacob Berkey.
Collecting one assist each were McDonald, Berkey, Jaron Lewton, Houston Haney and Logan Good.
West Noble topped Angola, 5-0 in semifinal action.
In the first round Thursday evening, Westview blanked Central Noble (5-0), West Noble clipped Lakeland (5-2), Angola nipped Prairie Heights (3-2) and Eastside downed Hamilton.
Carpenter knocked in two goals and assisted on another in leading the Warriors past Central Noble. Berkey, Gerardot and Braden Reynolds each scored once. Reed Oesch and Andrew Brandenberger had assists.
Dustin Cunningham scored goals for Lakeland in its battle with West Noble. The second Cunningham marker tied the score at 2-all early in the second half.
The Chargers then reeled off three unanswered goals to seize control. Macias broke the tie with a tally in the 51st minute. Ivan Ramirez and Ricardo Resendiz tacked on insurance goals in the 75th and 77th minutes, respectively.
Marco Olivares made eight saves as the Laker netminder.
Two goals by Chris Clemens and one by Jonathan Williams staked Angola to an early lead over Prairie Heights. Christian Granados got the Panthers back to within two at halftime when he connected on a penalty shot. Spencer Lake tallied with seven minutes left.
Heights keeper Tyler Gingerich recorded 13 saves.