Athens falls to Fuquay
September 15, 2011By Alvin Thompson of Athens Drive High School
Final score: Athens Drive 0, Fuquay-Varina 9
Results to date: 1-4-0 (Conference matches); 5-5-0 (All matches
including the two Battle of the Beach Tournament matches)
Home - Lost 1-2
Away - Lost 3-4
Playoff (3rd round) - Won 2-1
The Jags traveled to Fuquay-Varina High School to play the Bengals in
the fifth conference match of the season. The Jags started well even
though possession switched frequently between themselves and the
Bengals. Agiovlassitis (#7) was able to get a long range shot off from
about 40 yards out in the 2nd minute. Unfortunately, it went just a foot
above the cross-bar. Getting closer (eat less oats). In the 6th minute,
Williams (#1), the Jags goalie, saw action. He had to push a shot up and
over the cross-bar for a corner. Great save. Then, in the 11th minute,
he had to dive to save another incoming Bengals shot. Still, at this
point, the Jags defense was holding and the Jags were getting reasonable
possession. The Bengals score their first goal in the 15th minute and
this opened the proverbial flood-gates. The Bengals scored three more
goals - in the 22nd, 30th, and 34th minutes - to take the score at
half-time to 4-0 to the Bengals. The Jags had a good chance of scoring
in the 20th minute when Barlow (#18) received a pass at the left corner
of the box, beat a defender, took the ball to the end-line, dribbled it
passed another defender, worked his way away along the end line, and
sent the ball across the front of the Bengals' goal. Unfortunately, the
Jags forwards couldn't connect with ball and it sailed out into the
right side of the pitch.
Unfortunately, the Jags didn't fare much better in the second half.
Coach Seese decided to switch the starters with those players that had
been on the bench during the first half. Milchuck (#0) went in for
Williams (#1) as the Jags goalie. And, it wasn't long before he was
feeling like a tin duck at a shooting range. He made a great save by
rushing out to the edge of the box to steal the ball from an incoming
Bengals forward, who had broken through the Jags defense. Great,
aggressive goal keeping that denied the shot and perhaps a goal. Despite
some spirited defending and valiant efforts by Milchuck (and a couple of
unconventional defensive moves by Outlaw (#9) that made me smile), the
Jags couldn't stop the hemorrhaging and, at the end of regulation time,
they had conceded another five goals, making the final score 9-0 to the
Bengals. The Jags did get the ball into the Bengals goal in the 59th
minute, but the ref disallowed the goal due an infringement in the box.
One would be forgiven for thinking that the decision was a little harsh
given that the Jags were already 7-0 down at that point. Also, the Jags
did have other scoring opportunities in the second half including:
44th minute - Walther's (#14) impressive shot from inside the box is
saved by the goalie. He kicked the ball over his shoulders.
50th minute - Garica's #19) shot from the left corner of the box goes
wide of the right post.
61st minute - Holcomb's (#4) shot goes just wide of the right post.
67th minute - Pa-Amat's (#24) shot goes just wide of the left post.
75th minute - Walther (#14) makes a nice run down the right wing and
manages to cross into the box. Unfortunately, the Bengals goalie gets to
the ball a split second before a Jags forward.
Final score at the end of regulation time: Jags 0, Bengals 9.
Goals and Assists:
Shots: Jags 6, Bengals 20.
Shots on goal: Jags 2, Bengals 14.
Corner-kicks: Jags 1, Bengals 5.
Off-sides - Jags 0, Bengals 6.
Yellow cards - Jags 2, Bengals 0.
Red cards - Jags 2, Bengals 0.
See you at Athens Drive, Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM for the
HOME conference match against Middle Creek High School. Please support