Bluejays finish 1-2 in inaugural Perry Tournament

Perry junior Brandon Juarez (15) stretches the onion sack for a 2-0 Bluejay lead over Lewis Central in the Perry Tournament at Dewey Field Saturday.

Seventh-ranked Perry was handed two setbacks while claiming one win Saturday in the first Perry Tournament at Dewey Field.

Temperatures in the low 40s and a west/northwest wind that frequently gusted up to 30 mph made for cold conditions and hampered teams playing into the wind.

“It was definitely a challenge, but the weather was the same for all of us,” Perry head coach Gary Overla said. “Naturally we would have liked to win all three (games) but we saw a lot of good things and saw everyone play. We saw what some guys can do and cannot do in different situations and from different spots — I was certainly not disappointed.”

Perry opened the tourney against Des Moines North and grabbed a 1-0 lead when German Alvarenga ripped a free kick past the Polar Bear goalie. North tied the game in the second half, then emerged with a 2-1 win off an own goal when Perry defender Miguel Gonzalez was injured on the play as the ball found its way into the Bluejay goal.

The Lewis Central goalie turns aside the attack of Perry's Ivan Garcia (14) as German Alvarenga (7) closes on the play.
The Lewis Central goalie turns aside the attack of Perry’s Ivan Garcia (14) as German Alvarenga (7) closes on the play.

The hosts were 2-0 winners in their second match with a pair of first-half scores against Lewis Central. Ivan Garcia broke into the open in the early moments and stressed the nylon for a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Juarez made it 2-0 later in the half when he took a pass from Javier Miranda, cut past a defender then fired across his body, catching the Titan keeper flat-flooted and giving the Jays an important — but, in the end, unneeded — insurance goal.

Southeast Polk blanked Perry, 1-0, in the tourney’s finale, leaving the Rams 2-1 on the day and Perry 1-2. Lewis Central was scoreless in dropping three matches, with North claiming three wins.

North was a 3-0 winner over SEP and scored a 2-0 win over Lewis Central, with SEP topping Lewis Central, 1-0 (5-4 on penalty kicks), in other games at the tourney.

Perry hosts Winterset Tuesday in a freshman/junior varsity/varsity three-set beginning at 4:45 p.m. Carlisle visits Dewey Field Thursday for a JV/varsity coupling starting at 5:30 p.m. with Perry traveling to Des Moines Hoover Friday for a frosh/JV/varsity triple-dip beginning at 4:45 p.m.


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