It was fitting that the York Comprehensive High School varsity boys’ soccer team defeated Gaffney 3-2 on a night the senior team members were recognized.
The senior members recognized were Buddy Anderson, Todd Weatherington, Benji Amezcua, Juan Amezcua, Uriel Perez, Jacob Espinoza, Joseph Xiong, Luke Bomar, Thomas Shirley, Josue Alvarado and Brandon Carden.
All 11 started the game, and within 10 minutes were ahead by a score of 2-0.
Benji Amezcua scored both goals, the first coming off a Thomas Shirley corner kick.
The second goal was the result of Benji beating numerous Gaffney defenders and putting a shot from the top of the box into the net.
With the second goal, the Cougars led 2-1 at the half.
Evan Lewis scored early in the second half off on another Shirley assist, to make it 3-1.
Gaffney added a late goal, but York held on for the 3-2 victory.
“I was excited to see all of the seniors on the field at the same time,” said Cougars head coach Rick Johnson.
The Cougars have played more than their share of top-10 opponents this season, making wins hard to come by.
“We didn’t get the results we wanted for the majority of the games, but kept it close,” said Johnson. “We haven’t met our expectations this season
“That’s kind of where we are right now. We have a good foundation.”
Johnson said the junior-varsity team, under coach Jason Roberts, has recorded big wins, including consecutive victories against Northwestern, Indian Land and Gaffney.
“The JV team is making great improvement,” said Johnson. “We have a lot of starters that will come back next year.”
Senior Buddy Anderson said he felt good about the win against the visiting Indians.
“We expected to win by a lot more than that,” he said. “They kept it close. It was a good game. We have 11 seniors who’ve been playing together for awhile.”
Concluded Anderson, who began club soccer at the age of 6: “It’s been a good season, all in all.”