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The Boy's Soccer team finished the season ranked 8th in the State after losing in the State Playoffs to Westminister
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Photo: Front Row:Fabian Lopez, Audilio Velasquez, AbelCruz, Giovanni Cruz, Paco Miranda, EricVargas, Marvin Domingo, Kevin Camacho,Jonathon Morales, Pedro Velasquez. BackRow: Ruben Maldonado, assistant coach;Lucido Angel; Jose Vasquez; GregoryBragg; Fabian Escutia; Oscar Zacarias;Jovani Vasquez; JP Hinton; Alan Morales; AntulioVasquez; Calvin Lowe; CesarCornejo; Bryan Cornejo; Justin Abbot; JustinCastro; and Randy Vice, head coach.(contributed photo)

Eagle's Paco Miranda Named 2A State Player of the Year 

Coosa boys’ soccer player Paco Miranda has been named Class AA State Player of the Year by the GHSA coaches through DiVarsity.The senior was last year’s Rome News-Tribune Player of the Year, and he pacobroke the school assist record with 33. He scored more than 100 goals at Coosa. Miranda has signed to play for Shorter University. “I have coached many great players over the last 25 seasons,” said Coosa soccer Randy Vice. “None have had the skill or ability that Paco has. We played 19 games this season and he was the most talented player on the field in all 19, which is impressive since we played great teams like Westminster, Calhoun and Rome.”

Defending State Champs Defeat Eagles

 

By Ben Carter, Staff Contributor
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Although the Coosa boys soccer team saw its season come to an end on Friday in theopening round of the Class AA playoffs, head coach Randy Vice said the 8-1 lossto Westminster was a stepping stone for the future.

“I toldthe guys on the bus (on the way to the game): ‘This is the first game of nextseason, win or lose’,” Vice said. “We have to build on this, and I’m pleasedwith the way they didn’t quit.”

The Eaglesentered the postseason as the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AA, and had to make thetrip to Atlanta to face the No. 2-seeded Wildcats from Region 6-AA.

It was adifficult match-up, but the Eagles battled for 80 minutes.

“I was proudof the way they played tonight,” said Vice. “They played with a lot ofcharacter.”

GiovanniCruz put Coosa on the board when he connected on a goal in the early minutes togive the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

ButWestminster went on to score the next six goals to take a 6-1 lead at theintermission.

“I’m proudof them and it’s been a special season,” said Vice. “(Westminster) is thedefending state champs, and it’s kind of intimidating when you do your pre-gamefilm watching and you’re watching last season’s state championship game.”

The Eagleswill now look to build on this successful season and fill the holes created byout-going seniors Paco Miranda and Louis Angel.

“We werepleased with everything (tonight) other than the score,” said Vice.

“I can’tsay enough about my players and there a lot of guys that I could start namingbut I’m afraid I’d leave somebody out.”

Calhoun Downs Coosa

Calhoun 5,Coosa 1

The YellowJackets will have some momentum for today’s match against Murray County afterthey returned home from Coosa with a win under their belts.

It markedthe second time the Jackets beat the Eagles this season, after a win over Coosaon March 7 at home.

Coosa andCalhoun have both clinched berths in the state tournament.

“Anytimeyou get a region victory, especially against a team that’s going to theplayoffs its good for the team,” said Calhoun coach Matt Rice.

Tuesday’shotly-contested matchup saw Calhoun taking a 3-0 lead late in the first 40minutes of play, followed by two goals scored in the second half to clinch thewin.

Coosa’sonly goal came during the second off the foot of Giovanni Cruz.

“I knowthis is going to sound strange because of the score, but I think we playedbetter than we have in a while,” Coosa head coach Randy Vice said. “We got ourtouch back. We just had a couple of mental breakdowns — bad ones — early.”

ForCalhoun, Erwin Flores had two goals and an assist, and Javier Medina added onegoal and an assist.

NoeMartinez and Jonah Gallman had one goal each, and Zane Rhodes had an assist.

It was thefinal regular-season game for Coosa, which will now start preparing for thefirst-round of the state tournament.

Calhounfaces Murray County today and Dade County on Thursday in makeup games.


 Eagles Fall to Murray County
The Eagles fell to a a strong Murray County squad 5-2 in Eagle Stadium.  Brayan Cornejo scored off a Paco Miranda assist while the second goal was an "own" goal by Murray County.


Eagles Defeat Chattooga
The Eagles defeated a very athletic Chattooga County team 4-2 on Monday night at the High School field at Coosa Middle School.  Brayan Cornejo had 2 goals, Paco Miranda had 1 and Antulio Vasquez scored 1.  Miranda had 1 assist and Cornejo had one as well.  Cesar Cornejo had a strong night on defense as did Senior Goalkeeper Luis Angel, logging his first start of the season.  

VICE SECURES 200th WIN AS COOSA DOWNS ARMUCHEE 11-1

Coosa Defeats Armuchee 11-1: Coach Vice Notches 200th Win !!!
By David Dawson Sports Editor DDawson@RN-T.com,  Photo by Brittany Hannah
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by David Dawson, RN-T Editor. During postgame interviews, Coosa coach Randy Vice is always quick to dish out compliments: First, he praises his players, and then, almost without fail, he talks glowingly about the opposing team. 
After Friday’s game, however, Vice was the one receiving the accolades, for a change.The veteran head coach, who is in his 26th season at Coosa, was the center of attention after he notched his 200th career victory by guiding the Eagles to an 11-1 win over region rival Armuchee.viceruben 
Following the win, Vice was given the traditional water-cooler shower by his players, and the Coosa fans carried banners and placards as they ran across the field to join the celebration on the Coosa sideline. 
“Coach has done a lot for this team; he puts his heart in it,” said Paco Miranda. “You can rely him on him for anything and he is almost like our father.”
Miranda and Giovanni Cruz were the pivotal players in the victory by contributing some staggering stats: Cruz exploded for six goals for the Eagles (11-1 in the region) while Miranda had six assists and one goal to help their coach reach the milestone. 
“We did this for him,” said Miranda.Vice has been the face of the Coosa program for far longer than any of his current players have been alive. He is the only head boys soccer coach the school has ever had after helping start the program from scratch in 1988. 
Along the way, he also pulled double duty by coaching both the boys and girls teams during one stretch in his career.
In typical fashion, he said his 200 victories are a reflection of his players.“I am not trying be dramatic, but when you have great kids, you are going to get some numbers,” he said.
Still, Vice did not downplay the moment in terms of its significance.“It’s extremely special,” said a smiling Vice. “It means a lot to me … I am proud to be a part of this school and this community.”
Vice said his success is the result of great support — from the Coosa administration, the Eagles’ fans and his wife, Tonya. 
“She has been so supportive,” said Vice. “She has had to almost be a single parent at times.”Friday’s game was the second meeting of the season between Coosa and Armuchee, with the Eagles pulling out a 1-0 win at Armuchee last month. 
This time, the Eagles scored nine goals in the second half to break the game open after owning a 2-0 lead at the half.
Several of Coosa’s goals came in the waning moments of the game, and Vice said the final score wasn’t indicative of the game’s competitiveness. 
“Armuchee played a great game,” said Vice.Coosa entered the day tied with Murray County in the region standings, and Friday’s huge offensive showing could benefit the Eagles in the long run. 
Vice said the region’s tie-breaking system is based on goals scored, which essentially forces coaches to keep their top players on the field, regardless of the score. 
“I hate to be in the position where I had to leave my starters in (once the game was essentially decided).” 
“(The tie-breaking system) needs to be changed,” he said.In addition to Cruz and Miranda, the Eagles also received a big day from Bryan Cornejo, who had three goals and an assist. 
Jonathan Morales, Jovani Vasquez ad Cesar Cornejo had one assist each, and keeper Justin Castro had five saves.
Graeme Bettler scored the goal for Armuchee on an assist by George Pitcock.

Eagles Rally to Defeat Dade:


Rome News-Tribune Staff Report:
Coosa 4, Dade County 2 --   Giovanni Cruz had two goals — both assisted by Paco Miranda — to lead the Eagles to a 7-AA win. Coosa trailed 2-0 at the half before rallying back with four unanswered goals. Coosa head coach Randy Vice moved to the doorstep of a milestone with the victory: He now needs just one more to reach 200 for his career. Brayan Cornejo scored two goals. Jose Vasquez had an assist and keeper Justin Castro had seven saves. "Dade played exceptionally well, had a game plan, and executed it to near perfection during the first half", state Vice.    
Coosa (11-2, 10-1) hosts Armuchee on Friday.

Eagles Stay Hot in 7AA

Rome News-Tribune Staff Reports:  The Eagles stayed hot in Region 7-AA by notching a lopsided win over Model.Giovanni Cruz scored Coosa’s first three goals within the first 10 minutes.The first was assisted by Antillo Vasquez and the second by Paco Miranda.Miranda went on to score the Eagles’ fourth goal just before the half.In the 52nd minute, Jose Vasquez launched a goal from 40 yards out, and Cruz followed up with a goal six minutes later, again assisted by Miranda.Cruz then assisted Jonathon Morales in his goal in the last two minutes of play.Justin Castro had five saves in goal for Coosa (10-2, 10-1).Model’s goal came from Hector Cornejo off a pass from Kyle Smith in the final minute of the game.Justin Pearson had 17 saves in goal for Model.


Eagles Hold on To Defeat Armuchee 1-0
by Angela Powers, Rome News-Tribune Sports Writer, Photo by Brittany Hannah, RN-T
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Coosa and Armuchee are two of the most dominant soccer teams in Region 7-AA this season, and that definitely showed Friday night at Armuchee.Meeting for the first time this season, Coosa came out on top, 1-0, in a tightly contested match.moralesThe Eagles got started early when Jonathon Morales passed to Brayan Cornejo, setting him up for a shot that gave the Eagles their lone goal — and the only one they needed, as it turned out.Despite dangerous attempts by Armuchee, the Eagles kept the Indians at bay for the rest of the game with their high-pressure defense while improving to 8-1 in the region (8-2 overall). For Coosa head coach Randy Vice, the win over a strong team like Arm-uchee (6-3, 5-3) solidifies the Eagles’ status as one of the best squads in the region. “This win is huge,” he said. “Arm-uchee is a great team, and they did a phenomenal job. It was hard all night, and they had me scared in the second half.” Indeed, in the second half, the Indians came out ready to erase their deficit. But the Coosa defense stayed composed through severall ‘uh-oh’ moments and earned the 7-AA victory. “I’m extremely proud of our defense,” said Vice. “We had some errors, but we recovered from them. That’s what’s key – not how many errors you make, but how you recover from them.” Armuchee and Coosa each had 16 shots on goal on the night, emphasizing the competitiveness of the two teams. Eagles keeper Justin Castro had five saves in goal, and Indians keeper Nick Gobel had nine. Vice also noted strong play from Kevin Camacho, saying that he is “outstanding and one of the most determined players on the team.” Armuchee coach Donald Bettler said he knew Coosa would be a tough opponent going in, and that he was proud of the way his team played. “We knew that they have players who make their games happen,” he said. “Camacho is just a force for them, but I wouldn’t change anything we did. Hats off to coach Vice and his squad. They did a great job.” Bettler praised the play of Harrison Brown, who stepped in as sweeper due to the usual sweeper, Brett Warner, tearing his ACL during the season. Both teams will continue region and crosstown action on Tuesday.

Eagles Defeat Pepperell to move to 6-1 in Region

By Angela Powers, Rome News-Tribune Sports Writer
On Friday night, the Coosa Eagles soccer team took a 5-0 7-AA victory over first-year team Pepperell, to boost their region record to an impressive 6-1. The Eagles got started early in the game as Giovanni Cruz scored off a pass from Jonathan Morales in the third minute.
Pedro Vasquez kept the Coosa offense rolling with his goal, again assisted by Morales, just four minutes later.  Kevin Camacho added to the score with a penalty kick, and Brian Cornejo, with an assist from Paco Miranda, scored to put the score at 4-0 at the half. The Dragon defense then held Coosa to just one goal for the rest of the game, as Cornejo, with a pass from Camacho, scored Coosa’s final goal in under two minutes left to play. “I saw progress in that we did better in the second half,” said Pepperell coach Brian Crick. “At halftime I challenged them to get physical, and they did and it got a lot better.” Coosa head coach Randy Vice said that getting another region win was big, but that he’s proud to see Pepperell’s new soccer program laying a foundation as well. “I think it’s extremely excellent that Pepperell has a young program,” said Vice. “They’ve really stepped up and done a very great job.  “They never quit, and they have a lot to be proud of.”
Vice also noted that when Coosa started the first soccer program in the Floyd County schools, their goal was to eventually get all four county schools involved with soccer, which happened this year when Pepperell started its inaugural season.  Crick said that his first-year team gets better with each game, and that getting and keeping possession is their main focus right now.
“We’re still trying to focus on possession,” he said. “It got a little better today compared to our last game, and we’re just going to have to keep plugging away.”
In the face of a Coosa offense that had possession for most of the game, Pepperell keeper Jared Hensley had 23 saves.
 

Eagles Down Devils after tough first Half
Coosa 8, Model 1
The Eagles won big on the road over crosstown opponent Model.
Despite the lopsided score, Coosa left the first half with just a 2-1 edge over Model.
But the Eagles used a second-half burst to secure the victory and to boost their record to 3-1 in Region 7-AA. Paco Miranda had three goals for the Eagles, Giovanni and Ryan Cornejo had two apiece and Antulio Vasquez had one goal. Kevin Camacho had two assists, and Miranda, Vasquez and Jose Vasquez had an assist apiece. Keeper Justin Castro had five major saves that kept Coosa alive and Favian Lopez had one save for the Eagles. Coosa coach Randy Vice noted strong play from Camacho and Miranda. “Camacho was a game changer in tonight’s match,” he said. “Paco Miranda also had a great game and showed strong leaderhip.” Caleb Woods scored Model’s lone goal and keeper Jacob Pearson had 10 saves. Model coach Donnie Mendence noted a strong first half from his team. Model will host Chattooga on Thursday.
Coosa will host Morris Innovative on Tuesday.


EAGLES RANKED 6TH by EUROSPORT

The boy's soccer team at CoosaHigh School is currently ranked sixth in Georgia for Class AA by the Eurosports Coaches Poll. The Coosa Eagles team has an earlyseason record of three wins and one loss. The Eagles have scored victories overMorris Innovative High, Dade County High and Murray County High. Coosa High hasoutscored their opponents 21 to 10 on the season. The team's only loss thisyear came against Rome High, a Class AAAAA school.
 


Eagles put together a comeback victory over Murray County
. RN-T Staff Reports
Murray County started off hot by scoring two goals within the first 20 minutes, but Coosa wasn’t thwarted. Giovani Cruz scored the Eagles’ first goal with an assist from Brayan Cornejo early in the second half to keep Coosa in the game.
From there, Cornejo scored two goals within three minutes, one with an assist from Jose Vasques and the other from Paco Miranda, to put Coosa in the lead with just over 20 minutes left. Murray County quickly answered, however, tying the score at 3-3.
Cruz, with another assist from Cornejo, sealed the win for the Eagles by scoring his second goal with just 10 minutes left to play. “It was a tough game tonight,” said Coosa coach Randy Vice, “I’m proud of the guys for coming back after the half and not giving up.” The win boosts the Eagles to 3-1 overall and undefeated at 3-0 in the region.
The victory also marks the 195th Coosa soccer program victory.
EAGLES FALL TO WOLVES
​Photo by Melody Noyes, CHS Yearbook Staff: ​The Eagles fell to Rome High School 5-1 Tuesday night in Eagle Stadium before a crowd of over 400 fans.  Justin Castro had 7 saves and Giovani Cruz scored the Eagles lone goal in therome loss.  The teams were tied 0-0 with 40 seconds left in the first half when a defensive breakdown at Midfield led to a one touch goal past Cruz.  The second half was not as consistent for the Eagles. "We were exhausted about midway through the second half and that is when the barrage of Rome's goals occurred" stated Randy Vice, Coosa Coach.  "Paco Miranda did a great job at midfield while Cesar Cornejo and Kevin Camacho played exceptionally well considering the circumstances".  The Eagles used 2 substitutes on the night.

EAGLES DEFEAT WOLVERINES

Rome News-Tribune Staff Reports
BOYS: Coosa 5, Dade County 1 Bryan Cornejo scored three goals, including two unassisted, as the Coosa boys improved to 2-0 with a region victory.Paco Miranda had two assists, feeding freshman Marvin Domingo for one goal and Giovannia Cruz for another.Goalkeeper Justin Castro had four saves.“I am extremely proud of the way the younger kids played,” said Coosa coach Randy Vice. “Miranda played injured and he completely dominated the midfield as did several other players.”Coosa hosts Rome Tuesday night.

EAGLES WIN SEASON OPENER, 11-1
Rome News-Tribune Staff Reports
COOSA BOYS 11, MORRIS INNOVATIVE 1
Giovanni Cruz scored five goals to lift the Coosa Eagles to a big win against Morriso Innovative. Paco Miranda and Bryan Cornejo each scored twice for the Eagles, and Billy Vasquez scored one goal. Allen Morales and Miranda each had two assists, and Cornejo, Jonathan Morales and Antulio Vazquez each had an assist for the Eagles. Coosa goalkeeper Justin Castro had four saves. “I’m really pleased with the play of the young guys,” said head coach Randy Vice. “Giovanni had one goal all last year, so I’m really pleased with the way he played.”
Coosa travels to Dade County on Friday.


FRANSICSO "PACO" MIRANDA NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

4 Other Eagles make 1st or 2nd team All-Area

From Rome News-Tribune
Player of the Year
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Paco Miranda Coosa: The Junior from Coosa has already won two National Club Championships and a National Academy championship on his way to becoming the Rome News-Tribune Player of the year.  
Adding more super numbers to his prolific career, Miranda scored 19 goals and had 27 assists this season for the Eagles.  

BOYS ALL-AREA SOCCER FIRST TEAM

 Brayan Cornejo (Coosa, So.) – The sweeper/forward scored 25 goals and had seven assists in his second season as a starter.
 William Moraga (Coosa, Sr.) – Playing midfielder, he had one goal and eight assists. (and was the school’s valedictorian). 

BOYS ALL-AREA SOCCER SECOND TEAM
 Marco Arellano, Emanuel Arroyo, Emilio DeLeon, Jose Fortanel,