Warriors tumble in soccer playoffs
November 4, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story courtesy of the Burlington Times-News
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 00:38 AM.
ELON — Western Alamance’s knack for coming through one way or another in boys’ soccer encountered a test too tough to crack Saturday night in the second round of the Class 3-A state playoffs.
West Carateret scored one goal in each half to eliminate the host Warriors 2-0.
“We had so many opportunities and chances to score and for some reason or another it didn’t go our way,” Western Alamance coach John Pardini said.
The Mid-State 3-A Conference regular-season and tournament champions ended the season with a 19-3-1 record, suffering a shutout for the first time since the second game of the season.
The Warriors rallied from a one-goal deficit in the first round, but they weren’t able to duplicate that. Pardini said at no time did it seem like they were out of touch with pulling out a victory, but it just didn’t happen on any of the team’s 14 shots.
“Soccer is a funny game,” Pardini said. “A little bit of luck never hurts.”
Joe Corbett scored a first-half goal on a counter-attack with a charge down the left side.
West Carteret’s other goal came in the second half less than a half-minute after Western Alamance’s Scott Wright shot a second that forced goalkeeper Nick Green to make a diving stop.
The Patriots (9-9-1) hurried to the other end, with Calvin Moore scoring off Austin Fountain’s assist.
“It wasn’t exactly the way we wanted, but it worked,” West Carteret coach William Moore said.
Coach Moore said the Warriors were the best opponent his team faced this season.
“It was obvious early on that they had a plan,” Coach Moore said. “I admire them.”