Warriors open season with a 4-1 victory over Rockingham County
August 22, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story writen by Keith Thomas
At Wentworth last night, Western Alamance opened their 2013 soccer campaign with a 4-1 win over the Rockingham County Cougars in a Mid-State 3A match up. Four players scored for Western in a game lacking Warriors enthusiasm until the 58th minute when Rockingham tied the game at 1 apiece.
After numerous off-sides were called on the Warriors in the first half, some correct and some questionable, Western’s Senior Camden Brooks received a pass behind the Cougar’s defensive line. Brooks tried to maneuverer the ball past the keeper only to be tripped in the box area. Due to the foul, Brooks was awarded a penalty kick and calmly struck the ball past the goalie to put Western up 1 – 0 in the 27th minute of the game. The first half ended with WA up with plenty of action left to go.
After a lackluster first half with the Warriors seemingly going through the motions, Western came out a little more aggressive in the 2nd half. The aggression caused a foul in the 59th minute as the Cougars were awarded a free kick at mid-field. After a Warriors substitution, Rockingham caught Western off-guard by sending the free kick left of goal where a Cougars player crossed the ball over to a teammate who found the back of the net tying the game 1 – 1.
The Cougar’s goal ignited a fire in Western’s belly as juniors Jamie Nahkle and Sam Stafford hooked up to put the Warriors back on top 2 – 1 in less than a minute. Nahkle stole the ball at mid-field and timed a beautiful pass to Stafford who raced behind the middle defensive line (no off-sides called remarkably) and placed the ball past the aggressive Rockingham keeper. The goal fired up the team and the Western fans laying the ground work for additional scoring opportunities.
Western continued to apply pressure on the Cougar’s defense as senior Paschal Geoffrey gave the Warriors a 3 – 1 lead when he scored a minute later. Geoffrey robbed the ball from a Cougar player and sped downfield firing the 3rd shot passed the Rockingham County keeper. The Warriors tacked on another insurance goal in the 65th minute when Nahkle assisted freshman, I said freshman, Triston Barbour for the 4th and final goal of the game. As Nahkle found Barbour on the right side of the field, Barbour took the pass and shot the ball right of the keeper for his first score of his high school career.
For the game, Western placed 17 shots on goal to Rockingham’s 5. The Warrior’s goal keeper Tyler Billings had 4 saves in the game. Western starts the season with a conference record of 1-0-0.
Tonight at home, the Warriors face a non-conference match against 4A powerhouse Northwest Guilford Viking. The Vikings are directed by former head coach of Western Alamance Jason Allred. JV game starts at 5:30 PM with the Varsity to follow.