Varsity Soccer: Huge win over 4-A Mt Tabor Thursday night
September 1, 2013Western Alamance High School
story by Keith Thomas
In the 2nd half of Thursday night’s soccer match against 4A Central Piedmont Conference foe the Mt Tabor Spartans (1-3-1), host Western Alamance rallied past the visitors 2 - 1 to claim a non-conference victory over the Spartans from Winston-Salem. The Warriors; however, had to rely on a strong defensive effort to record the win as the Spartans mounted a vicious scoring attack the last 17 minutes of the game.
Things can sure change in 48 hours as the Warriors resembled a Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde mentality over the past two days. In their game against Eastern Alamance on Tuesday, the boys struggled to maintain possession or make good runs at the goal. In Thursday night’s affair, Western looked like a completely different machine by coming out more crisp and confident while playing with more passion and heart. The boys won more 50/50 balls and showed a better commitment to the passing game.
Down 1 – nil at halftime, senior Camden Brooks fired a penalty kick past the Spartan’s keeper in the 47th minute to tie the game at 1 apiece. It was Brooks 2nd successful PK of the season. After a Mt Tabor player foul in the box area, Brooks calmly placed the ball back of net giving the Warriors plenty of momentum to set up their winning goal.
In the 63rd minute, Mt Tabor was mounting a scoring attack when Western’s defense cleared the ball to senior Paschal Geoffrey near the mid-field strip. Geoffrey took the pass and raced 50 yards past two Spartan defenders, weaving his way the last 15 yards to record the Warriors 2nd goal of the game. Geoffrey’s winning goal went under the goalie’s arms with still 17 minutes to play.
After Western’s 2nd goal, Mt. Tabor readjusted their formation in an effort to salvage at least a tie with the Warriors. They applied constant pressure on Western’s defense with several shots at goal ; however, keeper Tyler Billings came up big with two major saves near the end of the game while defensive back Will Thomas cleared another scoring opportunity as both juniors remained cool during these long attacks. With only seconds left in the game, Mt. Tabor was award a corner kick and brought the entire team into the goal area including their keeper. Billings stopped the shot while a foul was called and the Warriors held on to win 2 – 1.
For the game, 31 fouls were called on both teams with Mt Tabor winning that column with 16 as Western received 15. The Spartans placed 16 shots at goal, many near the end of the contest while the Warriors had 11. Mt Tabor’s goalie recorded 6 saves while Tyler Billings stopped 9 shots. The Warriors (2-2-0) will play arch rival the Williams Bulldogs (0-3-1) at Home Tuesday evening with the JV starting at 5:30PM. Please come out and support the Warriors Tuesday as we know Williams will bring a big crowd.