’Cats bounce back in big way

When Marshalltown boys soccer coach Chris Fuchsen took over the program last month, the first major decision he made was moving one of the state’s most prolific goal scorers to a new position. And admitting that that player’s scoring production could take a hit as a result.

Martin Chavarria must not have gotten that memo though. Because the Bobcat senior is still finding ways to impact the scoreboard.

Chavarria dented the scoreboard two more times Friday night as the 10th-ranked Bobcats bounced back from their first loss of the season to down Des Moines Roosevelt, 7-0, at Leonard Cole Field.

Chavarria, who scored 24 goals as a freshman, 21 goals as a sophomore and 18 goals last season, tallied two goals and two assists against the Riders and now has six goals and nine assists on the young season.

Augustin Ortiz also scored two goals, while David Gomez chipped in a penalty-kick goal and two assists as the Bobcats improved to 7-1 on the season.

“I adapted to it,” said Chavarria of the position change. “Coach said he liked how I played in the back, but I knew I would have chances to score goals. He told me that I would be up front some, too, and I was tonight. I have just adapted to playing the position and am still finding ways to score goals.”

Ellis Buchwald tallied his sixth goal of the season 7 minutes into the match to gave Marshalltown a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

And it didn’t take long for the Bobcats to eliminate the bad taste in their mouth after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Des Moines Hoover.

“Going into Tuesday, you could tell the wear and tear got to them,” Fuchsen said. “The ability to put it behind them, show up and play quality futbol and have a dominant win again by playing our style of ball was nice to see. We didn’t give into the other team’s style. Every time you give up zero goals you are never going to lose.”

The Bobcats held a 17-3 advantage in shots and a 7-1 edge in shots on goal in the first 40 minutes. That resulted in a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Buchwald’s tally in the 7th minute was 10 yards beyond the goalie box. Agustin Tellez put the Bobcats up 2-0 12 minutes later following a nice through-ball assist from Gomez. Another nice pass from Gomez gave Chavarria his first goal in the 24th minute and then Chavarria made it 4-0 with another tally 6 minutes later.

“We showed on the pitch today that we are a way better team than we played the other night,” said Chavarria. “We wanted to play this one really bad after Tuesday.

“We were still pretty mad about the loss. We passed the ball well tonight and played as a team and had some good finishes.”

The Bobcats went into the break with a five-goal lead after Eh Htoo’s perfect corner kick led to a header just in front of the net by Ortiz.

Fuchsen was able to dive into his bench in the second half but not before Gomez and Ortiz put the squad up 7-0.

Gomez put away his penalty kick in the 57th minute, while Ortiz sent another header past Roughrider goalie Jack Christensen with just less than 17 minutes to play in the match.

Ortiz’s final goal was set up perfectly by Chavarria, who sent a free kick just in front of the net and Ortiz poked it past Christensen to the right corner.

“We don’t spend a lot of time on them, but it really is just wanting it more,” Fuchsen said of the Bobcats converting on a corner kick and free kick situation. “Those are quality strikes and creative futbol with a finish at the end.”

Bobcat goalkeeper Kreighton Miller wasn’t tested until the final 10 minutes when he made some big saves to preserve the shutout. He got the win in goal after stopping all six of Roosevelt’s shots on goal.

The Bobcat defense – led by Ortiz, Trevor Fuccio, Abel Chavarria and Martin Chavarria – helped with the shutout and controlled their zones through all 80 minutes. The Riders (1-4) had just one corner kick attempt on the night.

“It was real clean futbol. They did exactly what I asked. We expanded the field, we kept possession and we made the other team run,” said Fuchsen. “We were able to combine in tight situations and the boys are well seasoned at it. That was our gameplan.”

Notebook

Gomez now has six goals and seven assists for Marshalltown, while Buchwald has three assists to go along with his six goals. Tony Ordaz-Zambrano, who had the assist on Martin Chavarria’s second goal, has scored four goals and dished out two assists this season for the Bobcats. The Roughriders’ first and only corner kick came with 6:15 to go in the contest. Marshalltown’s junior varsity defeated Roosevelt, 4-0.