Third Time's A Charm: Warriors Beat Williams 2-0 and move on in Mid-State Tourney
October 22, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story by Keith Thomas
Elon, NC. Last evening, senior Camden Brooks recorded the game-winning goal for Western Alamance over a determined Williams Bulldogs squad and freshman Triston Barbour added an insurance goal as the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs 2 – 0 in the first round of the 3A Mid-Conference Tournament. The Warriors (16-2-1) will host Northeast Guilford Rams tonight at 6:00 PM in a semi-final matchup. The Rams escaped with a 1-0 victory against Eastern Guilford in overtime last night to set the tone for this evening’s game.
Western and Williams met for the third time this year on the pitch with Western winning the other two games 2-0 and 3-1. In the 3-1 victory, Western played with 10 men all but 5 minutes of game due to a red card called early in the match. Over the last three seasons, the Warriors hold a slight edge in victories at 4-2-1.
Brooks’ game winner came in the 19th minute assisted by teammate Paschal Geoffrey who had worked the ball deep in the right corner on Williams’ side of the field. After slipping past a Bulldog’s defender near the back line, Geoffrey crossed the ball over to Brooks waiting left of goal. As the ball sailed toward the Williams’ keeper, Brooks stepped in front and fired a shot in the back of the net for Western’s 1 – 0 lead.
The goal sparked momentum for the Warriors as Western found additional opportunities to score later in the half. In the 37th minute after Williams’s keeper deflected a shot out of bounds, Western’s Sam Stafford addressed his first corner kick of the game. Stafford sent a beautiful pass back post to a charging Ben Rankin. The ball bounced off Rankin, hit the post and ricocheted off Barbour for Western’s second and final goal of the game.
Sporting their pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness, Western controlled play most of the game outshooting the Bulldogs 19-8 while holding a slim 2-1 advantage in corners. The Warriors keeper Tyler Billings stopped 5 shots on goal and recorded his 6th shutout of the season. Fouls were pretty even with Western whistled for 5 and Williams 6. The Warriors received one yellow card in the game for tripping.
The team would like to thank all the parents, students and fans who came out last night to support the team including vocal leader and Western Football player Hunter Lent. Lent stayed on his feet cheering the Warriors to victory and letting the Bulldogs know who rules both the football field and the soccer pitch. Thank you Hunter.