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Brian Lopez-Sanchez (7), with the Spring Creek Gators, dribbles toward the goal as he tries to create a scoring opportunity.

SEVEN SPRINGS — The James Kenan Tigers defeated the Spring Creek Gators 6-2 in Monday night’s game.

The Tigers started off the game by dominating possession of the ball. They created several goal-scoring chances early on and converted their first one in just the fourth minute of the game.

James Kenan kept up the constant pressure on the ball and domination of ball possession. This led to the Tigers scoring another goal in the 27th minute.

After conceding the second goal, the Gators started playing much more aggressively. They won the ball back early and held much more possession. The constant pressure led to their winning a corner kick.

On the corner kick, the ball was placed in the box and a Spring Creek attacker kicked it toward the goal.

The goalkeeper saved the kick, but it was deflected back toward senior Josue Inestroza who kicked it into the open net, which made the score 2-1 in the 27th minute of the game.

The Gators kept up the attacking pressure and just two minutes later, they earned a free kick outside the box. The ball was crossed into the box, and senior Victor Vega kicked it into the goal to tie the game at 2-2.

In the second half, the Tigers began to play like they did at the beginning of the first, winning the ball early and attacking. They scored their first goal four minutes into the second half to take the lead.

James Kenan continued to dominate in the second half, a half in which they scored four goals to win the game 6-2.

Spring Creek head coach Miguel Torres said the game was a lot closer than the score showed.

“There was a long time where we were down 2-0, but the boys came back and tied it 2-2, and there were times where we could have gone ahead in the game,” Torres said. “We just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, and they did, and that was the difference tonight.”

With the loss on the final game of the season, Spring Creek falls to 4-6 this season with all their matches coming in the East Central 2A conference where they finished in third place.

James Kenan finished the season 9-0 with the win.