Boys Soccer: Western routs Rockingham County 6 - 2
October 10, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
At Elon, six players scored for Western Alamance last night as the Warriors pasted the Rockingham Cougars 6 – 2 in a 3A Mid-State Conference match up. The victory increases Western’s overall record to 12 – 2 – 1 while they remain perfect in league play at 5 – 0.
Before many Warrior fans had settled in their seats Tuesday evening, Western’s Paschal Geoffrey scored off an assist from Jamie Nakhle just two minutes into the game to start the Warriors scoring rout. Nakhle timed a beautiful pass to Geoffrey left of goal to put Western up 1 - 0. The Warriors quickly increased their lead 2 – 0 when defender Noah Thompson cleaned up a missed shot inside the Cougar’s goal area. Thompson found the back of the net with a left footed scorcher after Rockingham’s keeper could not possess a kick in front of his goal. Thompson score came in the 13th minute of the opening half.
While several starters rested on the bench in the first half, senior sub Blake Moyer kept Western’s scoring pace alive with continuous pressure on Rockingham’s defense and keeper. Moyer, who played a solid game with constant hustle and five shots on goal, scored on a breakaway in the 19th minute to put Western in a commanding 3 – 0 lead. Less than a minute to go in the first half; however, Western’s Will Thomas fouled outside the Warriors own 18-yard line allowing Rockingham a free kick at goal. On the kick, Cougars Joseph Aguilar scored with just 10 seconds left till intermission to tighten the game somewhat at 3 – 1.
In the second half, the Warriors continued with heavy ball possession and many shots on goal. Senior Josh Price scored Western’s 4th goal of the game in the 57th minute after the Warriors were awarded a free kick just outside the Cougar’s 20-yard stripe. Price placed the shot left of goal and out of the reach of Rockingham’s keeper to put Western back in command at 4 – 1. Just 3 minutes later, senior Camden Brooks tapped in a goal of his own when the Cougar’s keeper could not secure a Western corner kick. As the ball sailed toward Rockingham’s goal area, several Western players converged on the ball with a couple of shots blocked by the keeper. Off the rebound, Brooks waited back post and calmly struck the ball clean to the back of the net for Western’s 5 to 1 lead.
Western’s final goal came in the 71st minute when freshman Triston Barbour found himself with the ball in front of Rockingham’s goal around the 15 yard line. Barbour sent a sweet unselfish pass back to sophomore teammate Scott (Scottie!) Wright who was racing toward goal. From 20-yards out, Wright smashed a shot left of goal to put Western up 6 to 1.
The final ended at 6 – 2 as Rockingham scored from a Western own goal. As Western defender Chris Golden tried to clear the ball from around the 25-yard line, the ball bounce off the back of teammate Matt Garcia and went over the out reached arms of Western’s keeper Tyler Billings. Billings was caught out of position as he moved out of goal to retrieve the ball before it was missed kicked.
For the game, Western fired 31 shots toward goal while Rockingham placed 8. Billings recorded 5 saves while the Cougar’s keeper saved 17. The Warriors were whistled for 11 fouls during the contest while Rockingham was called for 9. Western will play in another 3A Mid-State conference battle tonight (weather pending) traveling to Eastern Guilford to take on the Wildcats.