Odessa Permian Sports

Boys Soccer Splits First Tourney

Richland, TX – The Permian boys soccer team opened the 2022 season competing in the Richland Winter Blast tournament held January 6-8.  Mojo came away with a win, loss, tie, and a few lessons from the three matches.

The Panthers began the tournament with a convincing 2-1 win over Arlington Lamar. It’s the first win over a metroplex team since Mojo beat Grapevine 2-1 in 2017.  Permian would be dealt a 2-1 loss the following morning by Keller Fossil Ridge in a close one.  In the finale on Friday evening, the Panthers fought to a 2-2 draw against tourney host Birdville.

Mojo battled the Vikings to a 1-1 tie through 30 minutes of play on Thursday evening.  After gathering in a pass from the left wing, junior Jayden Rubio sent a bullet into the back of the net for the first goal at 9:41 in the first half.  Lamar would come back and match that goal just before the break.

Coming out of intermission, sophomore Johnny Cuellar gave Mojo the go-ahead goal at 5:27 on a shot that danced out of the reach of the goalie while splitting the pipes.  The Panthers held strong behind multiple defensive stands to take a 2-1 win over the Vikings.

It’s uncertain of what the opening match may have cost Permian.  Early in the contest, senior captain Amari Everage went down after trying to win a header off of a corner kick.  After sustaining the injury, Everage remained sidelined the rest of the tournament.

Friday’s doubleheader began with a tough bout with Fossil Ridge.  Permian fell behind 1-0 in the first half as Ridge outshot Mojo 3-1 in shots-on-goal.  At 14:07 of the second half, Alex Ontiveros knotted the contest on a breakaway goal.  A break in the Panther defense allowed Ridge to regain the lead with 3:48 remaining.  A hard shot from 15 yards out slid just inside the post for the 2-1 advantage and eventual winning goal.

In the evening finale, the hosting Hawks from Birdville collected a first-half goal that would last into the break.  Ontiveros scored his second goal of the tournament midway into the second half to even the match at 1-1.  Neither team could add to their tally for the 1-1 conclusion.

In a productive road trip, the Panthers finished 1-1-1 and will again be back on the road Monday as they travel north for a non-district meeting with Lubbock-Cooper.

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