Spartans 12-1 on the year and move on to regional matchup

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City claimed a 5-2 win at the expense of Clio in a Division 2 boys’ district soccer semifinal matchup last Wednesday afternoon.

With the outcome, Imlay City moves to 12-1 overall.

Imlay City’s Jack Ragle (L) battles a Clio foe for the ball in the title game.

“We have a team of mostly sophomores this season,” Imlay City Coach Luis Hernandez said. “For them to win the district title against a team with mostly seniors is amazing,” he noted.

“What is even better is that for them it is not enough. As a coach, it is a great mentality for a team to have. They are now ready and focused for upcoming regionals.”

In Wednesday’s matchup, Imlay City jumped out to a 2-0 edge at the half.

Imlay City then outscored Clio 3-2 from that point on, closing out a 5-2 win.

Sergio Galeana (set up by Will Tolley), Galeana (assisted by Tolley), Josh Hayes (set up by Galeana), Hayes (assisted by Giovanny Torres) and Jose Salcedo (set up by Torres) furnished Imlay City’s goals.

Quintin Ramirez went the distance in net for the victorious Imlay City side. Ramirez wound up with nine saves en route to the favorable outcome.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.