Soccer: Western scores big to defeat NE Guilford 5 - 2
September 7, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
Down 1 – nil 20 minutes into their match against Northeast Guilford, Western snapped out of a scoring slump to defeat the Rams 5 – 2 on Northeast’s home turf. In another game filled with fouls, yellow and red cards, the Warriors worked diligently for scoring opportunities and it paid dividends during their contest with Northeast.
After the sun played havoc on Warriors keeper Tyler Billings in the 20th minute allowing Northeast to score the first goal of the game, junior Jamie Nakhle led Western on a scoring barrage as the Warriors hammered in 3 quick goals right before halftime. Nakhle took a pass in the 38th minute from Paschael Geoffrey scoring on a head shot for Western first goal. Moments later when Northeast’s keeper was unable to secure a shot by freshman Tristen Barbour, junior Sam Stafford cleaned up the rebound putting Western up 2 – 1. The Warriors pushed the total to 3 – 1 when Geoffrey raced 40 yards with the ball past the Ram’s defense and plastered a shot past the keeper for Western’s winning goal right before halftime.
While both teams worked for ball control and greater chances to score, Western discovered better opportunities by getting behind the Rams defensive line for clearer shots. A minute into the 2nd half, the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick after a Rams player fouled inside the 18-yard area. On the PK, Nakhle notch his 2nd goal of the game to increase Western’s lead 4 – 1. Northeast made the game interesting by tacking on their last goal in the 43rd minute of the game. As the Warriors cleared a corner kick out 30 yards, a Ram’s defender placed a screaming shot over the entire field including Billings to bring Northeast close at 4 – 2.
Western’s final goal came when Geoffrey once again found himself in a scoring position at the 57th minute speeding past the left back toward the Ram’s keeper. As Geoffrey began to shoot toward the goal, Northeast’s center back tackled him without an attempt on the ball. The player was Red carded and sent off the field leaving the Rams a man down for the rest the game. Since the foul occurred in the box, senior Josh Price handled the penalty kick to finish out the scoring for Western at 5 – 2. After Price’s goal, neither team could sustain a positive attack for an additional goal.
Like Wednesday evening’s game against Bartlett-Yancey, this contest was rough. Northeast was whistled for 21 fouls while Western was penalized 11 times. Northeast received 3 yellow cards during the game as well as the red card mentioned earlier. The Rams shot 14 times at goal with their keeper saving 6 shots. Western also had 14 shots at goal with keeper Tyler Billings saving 6 chances. The Warriors improved to 5-2-0 and are scheduled to play non-conference and county rival Southern Alamance at home next Monday evening. The team will travel to Graham Wednesday to face the undefeated Red Devils and then finish off the week at home Thursday with a rematch against the BY Buccaneers.