Western Blanks Eden Morehead 4 – 0
September 19, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
Last night under a Harvest Moon, Western Alamance Men’s soccer team kicked off their 2013 Mid-State Conference quest with a 4 – 0 drubbing of visiting Eden Morehead Panthers. The Warriors, 8 – 2 – 1 overall and 1 – 0 – 0 in conference play, controlled tempo and wore down the Panthers with multiple substitutions which allowed four different players to score for Western.
Western’s Jamie Nakhle started the scoring early after finding a loose ball on the left side of the Panthers goal area. In the 9th minute, Nakhle calmly stepped past a Morehead defender and placed an easy left footed shot past the keeper for a 1 – 0 lead. Nakhle, having one of his best games of the season, worked diligently at his position and helped the Western mid-fielders maintain complete control of the game.
Although the Warriors only found the back of the net once in the 1st half, they struck early in the 2nd when Sam Stafford took a missed shot and fired it past Eden’s keeper to put Western up 2 nil. Ten minutes later, the Warriors opened up a 3 – 0 lead off a goal from senior Blake Moyer. Moyer notched his first goal of the season after Ben Rankin sent him a beautiful pass between two Morehead middle defenders. Moyer then raced 20-yards and placed a shot right of the keeper for the score. Like several other players for Western, Moyer’s play and leadership continues to improve providing valuable minutes for the Warriors.
Moments later after his first goal, Moyer found another opportunity to score when he broke free on a pass to the right of goal. Unfortunately for Moyer, a Panthers defender stopped him right before he could send a shot toward the net The Warriors final goal did come in the 66th minute as Robert Burns scored off a deflection from about 20 yards out. After a Western shot was blocked, Burns followed up with a shot of his own from the left side of the field. Burns goal provided the final margin of 4 – 0 and secured Western's first conference win of the year.
The Warriors' keeper Tyler Billings saw limited action due to the solid play of middle backs Will Thomas and Chris Golden. Billings recorded 6 saves during the game while his counterpart from Eden stopped 10 shots on goal. Western placed 17 shots near frame to the Panthers 8. The Warriors led in corner kicks with 5 to Morehead’s 0. Western was flagged with 10 fouls while Eden was whistled for 14.
Next week, the Warriors schedule is big with a re-match against Williams on Monday evening at the Bulldogs pitch, then Wednesday play conference rival Northern Guilford at home. Williams is looking for their first win of the season and I am sure they would love for Western to be their first victim. Although the Bulldogs are winless, they have been improving each game and could easily slip past the Warriors if the boys are not on their game. Do I even have to say anything about the Northern game? BIG!!!