Warriors spank Bartlett-Yancey 8-0
August 20, 2014Western Alamance High School
Story courtesy of Keith Thomas
The Bruce Shepherd era got off to a great start as the Western Alamance men's soccer team earned an 8-0 victory over the Bartlett-Yancey Buccaneers last night in Yanceyville, NC. Six different players scored for the Warriors including two by De Wet Van Zyl and an own goal which allowed Shepherd to substitute freely as the game progressed.
It was the opening game for both schools and the first game for Shepherd as the head coach of Western Alamance who took over the helm of the program this year after serving as the Head coach for the Graham Red Devils last season.
It took the Warriors five minutes to adjust to the tall, thick grass on the Buccaneer’s Pitch and then the flood gates opened for Western. Transfer sophomore Donald (Junior) Hernandez started the scoring rout at the 5.28 mark when senior Tyler Schomburg stole a pass at mid-field and fed the ball to Hernandez. Hernandez then raced 30 yards with the ball and placed a shot by the Bucs keeper for the Warriors first goal of the season.
Western scored nine minutes later as senior Sam Stafford found the back of the net after Van Zyl set Stafford up for the goal. After an errant shot by Hernandez that went left of goal, Van Zyl tapped the ball to Stafford who was waiting 10 yards in front of the net. Stafford struck the ball to the right corner to put the Warriors up 2-0 at the 14 minute mark.
Schomburg tallied his second assist of the game when he stole the ball deep in BY’s right corner and crossed the ball to a patient Van Zyl who calmly scored the Warriors third goal of the game. In the 31st minute, Senior Jamie Nakhle finished off the 1st half scoring with a left footed shot past the keeper about 15 yards out. After a deflection by the BY’s defense, Nakhle struck a low shot right of goal to increase Western’s lead to 4 – 0 at halftime.
In the 2nd half, Western wore down BY with constant pressure and quick passes. It was rare the ball moved past the mid-field line as play stayed on the Buccaneer’s side of the field. Just 4 minutes into the half, junior Ben Rankin scored off a deflection to put the Warriors back in business and increase their lead to 5 – 0.
After an own-goal in the 47th minute to put Western up 6 - 0, Van Zyl recorded his 2nd goal of the game in the 56th minute as Hernandez placed a beautiful pass to Van Zyl, who fired it past the goal keeper.
Capping off Western’s final goal was junior Scottie Wright with the help of Senior Noah Thompson. With nine minutes left in the game, Thompson stole a pass on the left side of mid-field, dribbled past two defenders and crossed the ball 30+ yards back post to Wright, who finished the pass off with a head shot past BY’s keeper. It was by far the prettiest goal of the game and set the final score at 8 – 0.
Kudos go out to the defensive back line of seniors Will Thomas, Ryan Brooks and Thompson, Junior Chris Golden, and sophomore Matt Garcia, who kept the ball from entering Western’s keeper Tyler Billing’s space. For the game, the Warriors had 22 shots on goal to the Bucs 3, while Billings recorded 2 saves as BY’s keeper tallied 14. Western had 4 corner kicks to BY’s 2. There were 6 fouls called on Western and 3 against the Bucs.
Next Monday, Western will be at Home to tackle the Graham Red Devils at 6:00 PM, then face Williams away on Wednesday with the JV game starting at 5:30 PM and the Varsity game to follow around 7:00PM. The Warriors will then travel to Greensboro on Thursday and play the 4A Northwest Guilford Vikings, which should be an exciting game as Western faces one of their old coaches in Jason Allred.