Soccer: Warriors defeat Williams 3 - 1 with just 10 players
September 25, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
Last night playing short-handed due to an early red card, the Western Alamance Warriors didn’t back down from the adversity and spanked the Bulldog on their own pitch 3 to 1 to record their 2nd conference win of the season. Seniors Camden Brooks and Paschal Geoffrey led the scoring for Western (9 – 2 – 1 overall and 2 – 0 – 0 conference); however, this game was truly a team victory.
Just three minutes into the soccer game, Warriors mid-defender Will Thomas received a Red card for pulling the jersey of a Bulldog player on a break-away to Western’s goal. While Thomas stopped a possible early Williams’s goal, the foul sent Thomas to the bench for the rest of the game as Western was not allowed to replacement him. Trying to defend his player with the head referee, Coach John Pardini then picked up a yellow card as the referee had a short fuse in dealing with Western’s coach. Instead of dropping their heads and quitting, the boys rallied around the loss of Thomas and outplayed the Bulldogs with one less man.
Even with ten players, Western controlled possession of the ball and outshot the Bulldogs 10 to 6 in the first half of play. While the Warriors supplied more pressure on the Bulldog’s keeper, Williams would not succumb to a goal in the first half.
In the second half, things began to change. In the 47th minute, Sam Stafford found the ball around the 18-yard line of Williams, dribbled left and sent a pass to Camden Brooks. Brooks shook free from a defender and delivered a nice gift for the back of the net to put Western up 1 - nil. Williams tied the game 1 apiece 10 minutes later when Western was unable to clear the ball from their goal area. The Bulldog’s Taariq Songster stole the ball from a Western defender and fired a shot from 20 yards out to the left corner of the net for the score.
After a questionable off sides call on Triston Barbour, Pardini found himself in another quick discussion with the referee and received his 2nd yellow card of the game causing him to leave the field. Showing his authority in the 65th minute, the center referee stopped the game for about 15 minutes until he was sure our coach was off the field. The stoppage time was a blessing for the Western players thanks to the head referee as it allowed them time to catch their breath, re-group and come out passionate to win the game for coach Pardini and coach Jordan Loomis.
Within three minutes from the timeout ruckus, Geoffrey gave Western the lead 2 – 1 when he stole a pass, bounced off two Bulldog players and raced around the right side of the field to score his first goal of the game. Over the next 12 minutes, Geoffrey became possessed as he had several opportunities to score including one where he was dragged down and jersey pulled with only a foul called on the play. Western missed the free kick, but Geoffrey stole another pass in the 78th minute and dribbled the left side of the goal area. After getting bumped, he slid past the last Bulldog defender and sent a low shot to the back of the net for Western’s 3 to 1 victory.
Western plays Northern Guilford (6 – 3 – 1 overall; 2 – 0 – 0 conference) Wednesday night at 7:00 PM with the JV starting at 5:30. Please come out and support the Warriors as this game could determine the regular season conference championship.
Extras: based on my observation of the game Monday night:
While everyone on the Warriors team stepped it up, Jamie Nakhle gets the “player of the game” award for moving from his natural mid-fielder position to middle defensive back. Between Nakhle and Chris Golden, they basically shut down Bulldog’s speedster Taariq Songster.