ILION, N.Y. — Chilean exchange student Felipe Zenteno made an impressive introduction Thursday when he helped the Central Valley Academy Thunder defeat Canastota 5-2 under the lights of Remington Field.
Zenteno scored one goal 12 seconds into the match and added a second in the second half for the Thunder. His first goal was the first scored for the merged former Ilion and Mohawk school districts.
“I’m very pleased,” said coach Jim Mott, a holdover from Ilion. “This is a great group of guys. With all the concerns that they wouldn’t get along, it’s Game 1 and we’re already a family.”
Central Valley Academy used all of the available time on the clock. In addition to the quick strike at the start, the Thunder took a 3-2 lead on Jacob Bray’s goal in the final second of the first half and completed the scoring with Josh Terry’s penalty kick in the last 10 seconds of the second half.
Even Canastota used limited time to do its scoring. Kenny Keil was credited with two goals 45 seconds apart after the Raiders had fallen behind 2-0 in the first half.
Zenteno, whose second goal came off a rebound and put the Thunder up 4-2 in the middle of the second half, also had an assist in his Mohawk Valley debut. Phil Bodwell’s scored the goal that gave Central Valley a 2-0 lead while Brian Quinn and Peter Fleming each contributed an assist.
Terry was awarded his penalty kick following a push inside the box and got two cracks at the shot. James Kimball stopped Terry’s first shot but was penalized again for coming off the goal line on the play. Terry put his second shot high over the Canastota keeper.
Kimball made eight saves while Clay Colburn had eight for the Thunder.
Next up for Central Valley Academy is Mt. Markham’s Optimist Tournament. The first round was played Friday with the consolation match at 4 p.m. and championship at 7 Saturday. Camden and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill are also competing.