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Warriors remain undefeated with a 1-1 draw against EA

September 3, 2014
Western Alamance High School

Story by Keith Thomas

At Mebane:  One thing is for sure about last night’s 1-1 tie with Eastern Alamance, the Eagles won the game when it came to fouls called.  Eastern fouled 19 times in a matter of 80 minutes, 20 if you count the trip in the box at the end of the game that many Western Alamance fans felt should have been whistled  and would have given the Warriors a PK opportunity.  Luckily for Western, the team with the most fouls did not win the game last night, but it seems it gave the Eagles a distinct advantage.

The Warriors and Eagles fought to a draw in a game against two Mid-State 3A rivals which will not count toward the conference standing due to the Mid-State tournament that started last year.   Both teams will face each other again later in the month on Western’s Pitch with the game counting in the race for the Mid-State crown.  The Warriors remain undefeated at 3-0-2 for the year and are still ranked 9th in the Eurosport Scoreboard Top 15 for 3A schools. 

In last night’s game, both teams could not find the back of the net in the first half.  Eastern had several great opportunities which were stopped by Western’s keeper Tyler Billings.  Billings was amazing in the first half stopping two sure goals. The Warriors could only muster two shots at goal which were weak at best.

In the second half things began to change.  The Warriors came out fired up as Western’s Head Coach Bruce Shepherd mixed the line up around allowing the boys some quick shots at the Eagle’s keeper.  

The change paid dividends early as Western’s Chris Golden stole a pass on the left side of the Eagle’s defense, moved around a defender and pushed the ball by Eastern’s goalie to score in the 52nd minute.  Not only was Golden’s shot difficult to pass by the keeper, the angle was especially tight with no room for error.  It was a glorious goal by Mr. Golden. 

In the 69th minute, Eastern retaliated with a goal of its own to tie the game at 1 apiece as both teams were unable to find the back of the net the rest of the match.  Since the game was not counted as a conference match, the teams did not go into overtime. 

For the record, the Warriors placed 12 shots on frame to Eastern’s 10.  Both Billings and the Eagle’s keeper Eion Riley recorded 9 saves for the game.  The Warriors won the edge in corner kicks at 5 to 2.

In the earlier game, Western’s JVs took it to the Eagles in the 2nd half defeating them 4-2 to improve their record to 2-0-1.

Western will host the Asheboro Blue Comets (2-1-2) from the Mid-Piedmont 3A conference tomorrow night at A.M. Primm stadium.   JV game starts at 5:30 with Varsity around 7:00 PM.

****A big thank you goes out to all the fans traveling to Mebane last night to support the Warriors soccer program including Western’s #1 and #2 fans Hunter Lent and Cameron Holland.  It is great to see these guys as well as other students coming to the away games to cheer on the Warriors. **** 

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