Soccer: Warriors drop 'Non' Conference match to Eastern Alamance 2-1
August 31, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
Paschal Geoffrey’s 1st half goal in the 26th minute of Western Alamance showdown with the Eastern Alamance Eagles did not supply an ample cushion for the Warriors as the visiting Eagles stormed back and scored two 2nd half goals to record a 2 – 1 victory. From the outset, Eastern (2-0-0) applied constant pressure on Western’s offense and won the majority of the 50/50 opportunities. The Eagles also controlled the pace of the first half until Geoffrey beat Eastern’s keeper Eion Riley to the ball at the 18-yard line and punched it off the his leg and into the net. Geoffrey’s goal put Western on top 1 – 0 with the lead holding till halftime as neither team could muster another solid chance to score. Even though both teams play in the Mid-State 3A Conference this game is considered a non-conference game due to a new conference tournament that will be held at the end of the regular season (click here for related article).
Eastern, who had 1 shot on frame in the entire 1st half, change the completion of the game in the 2nd by finding more scoring opportunities. Finally in the 48th minute, the Eagles Hunter Foster worked the ball over to teammate Sawyer Covington in front of the Warriors net. Covington put Eastern in business with a one touch shot at goal tying the game 1 apiece. Ten minutes later, the Eagles received an insurance goal from Trebor Hamilton who raced by the defense and scored the go ahead goal for the 2-1 lead.
With a minute left in the game, Western had a chance to tie off a Sam Stafford corner kick. As the ball sailed toward the front of Eastern’s goal area, several Warriors placed a shot toward the net; however, the Warrior’s kicks could not penetrate the Eastern defense or make its way past the Eagles keeper.
For the game, 19 fouls were called on Eastern including 2 yellow cards while Western tallied 7 fouls. The Eagles place 10 shots on frame while the Warriors had 9 shots at goal. Eastern’s keepers recorded 4 saves as Western’s Tyler Billings saved 3 shots. The Warriors (1-2-0 overall) will play at home this Thursday evening against non-conference 4A opponent Mt Tabor Spartans (0-2-1) from Winston-Salem. The JV will begin at 5:30 with the Varsity to follow around 7:00 PM