By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Thursday, September 26, 2013 —
In recent Stanly soccer games, both Albemarle and West Stanly put together impressive performances against ranked opponents.
West Stanly 2
Community School of Davidson 2
The Colts took on the No. 6-ranked 1A team in the state last Thursday when they played the Community School of Davidson to a 2-2 tie at home.
Edgar Olea put in his first goal of the season 30 seconds in on a 25-yard shot for a 1-0 West lead.
Davidson answered eight minutes later and the score was tied 1-1 after the first 40 minutes of play.
With 15 minutes left in regulation, Olea scored with an assist to Dony Suarez for a 2-1 lead late.
CSD scored 90 seconds later and the match finished tied.
“We played a very technically sound, talented team and managed to put together two good halves together highlighted by our defensive effort. We did what was necessary to come away with a tie but did have some very good moments which could have gone our way for a win,” West head coach Lee Ennis said.
West Stanly 2
West Stanly claimed its first conference win of the season on Monday night at Parkwood 2-1.
The Rebels went up 1-0 seven minutes into the match, but West got a late first-half goal to tie the match. In the 40th minute, Chandler Barbee found Dillon Dail on a throw-in and Dail scored his first goal of the season.
The two teams battled into overtime, when the Colts scored the eventual game winner in the 84th minute. Edgar Olea pushed a ball to the right side of the box and Brady Ennis scored his 10th goal of the season.
Logan Greene had nine saves in net for West.
“We started extremely slow but managed to stay in the match and even things up by the half,” Ennis said, adding that the team made adjustments in the second half that gave West more offensive opportunities.
Ennis also said that “any conference win on the road is a valuable win.”
The Colts travel to Forest Hills on Monday night.
North Moore 4
The Albemarle men’s soccer team traveled to North Moore and handed the state’s No. 3-ranked 1A team their second loss of the season in a 5-4 match on Monday.
Jaylyn Potter got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first with his finish of a Ross Plyler cross. The goal was Potter’s first of the season.
The two teams then traded blows for most of the remaining first half. With about 10 minutes to go, Adam Yang slotted a ball through the defense and found Plyler on a breakaway for a 2-0 Bulldog advantage.
With about a minute and a half remaining in the first half, a defensive breakdown by the Dogs allowed North Moore (10-2-1) to score and creep back into the game to make the score 2-1 at halftime.
The Mustangs came out firing in the second half and put extreme pressure on the Bulldog defense. Goalkeeper Donnie Hall was up to the task and made several crucial saves before finally surrendering the Mustangs’ second goal of the game on a penalty kick.
After North Moore tied the game, Albemarle’s defense regrouped and led by sophomore Joel Sanchez-Bautista and senior David Bello, shut down the Mustangs for the next 25 minutes.
While the Mustangs were not scoring, the Bulldogs regained the advantage on the scoreboard. Plyler scored two more goals and Adam Yang added one, with assists provided by Mason Krol, Evan McDow and Tate Plyler, to make the score 5-2.
North Moore’s offense came to life again and mounted a furious rally with two goals to cut the Bulldog lead to 5-4.
With 15.6 seconds remaining, North Moore had one last chance to even the match when it sent a corner kick ball into the box. The Mustangs blasted several shots from point blank range but the shots were deflected by defenders. The ball was finally cleared with four seconds remaining by the Bulldogs’ Fidel Roldan to preserve the win.
Albemarle (5-6) takes a four-game winning streak to South Davidson for a matchup tonight.