Josue Martinez, Edwin Garibay score goals in Sioux City East boys soccer win over Bishop Heelan | Soccer

SIOUX CITY — After a tough weekend in Des Moines, the East High School boys’ soccer team was looking to return to the Victory Column.

The Black Raiders knew it was going to be a defensive battle against Bishop Heelan at Memorial Field on Tuesday and they ended in a 2-0 away win over the Crusaders.

“We decided we didn’t want to lose this game,” said senior Josue Mendoza, who scored the opening goal in the second half. “We didn’t want to lose it any more than they did.”

Martinez and Edwin Garibay scored the two goals for the Black Raiders, both in the second half.

Martinez’s goal came first 19 minutes, 4 seconds from the end of the game. Rodrigo Ochoa put the ball wide and he crossed the ball to Martinez with the outside of his foot.

Martinez took a quick touch and out of the corner of his eye he saw an opening. He saw Heelan goaltender Max Delaney standing in the center of the goal, so Martinez shot the ball to the bottom left corner to put the Black Raiders on the board.

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“I didn’t get it very well, but I put it in the bottom left corner anyway,” Martinez said. “I saw that side was open and they gave me a lot of space right there.”

Then Garibay doubled the Black Raiders’ lead with 8:06 in the game.

Garibay earned his goal after stumbling for a second. He received a nice pass from the left side of the field and shot it past Delaney to score his second goal of the season.

“I was ready to keep an eye on the ball and I tapped it,” Garibay said. “All you have to do is lift your head and get started.”

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