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Eagles' Soccer Slams East Carteret

Varsity vs East Carteret HS on 9/1/2010 6:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010 by Adam Thompson, New Bern Sun Journal

Eagles' soccer slams East Carteret

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With just two more tune-ups left, soccer coach Aaron Steele believes his West Craven Eagles’ are ready for conference play.

The Eagles jumped on East Carteret, 10-0, Wednesday in the home opener to remain unbeaten.

“We want to play well, and we know there are some big teams (in conference),” Steele said. “This year, we have an intense focus. That’s why shutouts are so important and that’s why I get on the guys.”

Seven players scored for West Craven (6-0), including three from senior Jaime Cortes.

The Eagles built a 7-0 lead by halftime, but poured in four goals in the first 10 minutes.

Cortes put West Craven on the board just one minute in, and added a second just one and half minutes later.

With just seven minutes into the half, Lamberto Gomez’s corner kick was headed in by Antonio Lewis.

Ryan Hardison knocked in the first of his two goals in the first half, followed by a goal from Jose Agirre, Sue Rocham and Joe Valdez.

“I liked a lot of things tonight,” Steele said. “The biggest thing was that the back-up guys stepped up. Jose Agirre played big in the second half.”

After ripping 19 first-half shots at the East Carteret goalkeeper, West Craven kept the intensity going into the second half.

Hardison gave the Eagles an 8-0 cushion with a goal with 16 minutes remaining. Cortes and Nick Mitchell capped off the scoring.

“We opened well. It was hard to talk about anything at halftime,” Steele said. “The second half, we kind of pulled back and were trying some different things.”

West Craven took 33 shots on goal, while Eagles’ goalkeeper Sam Mitchell only touched the ball twice. The Eagles took 10 corner kicks.

“I don’t let off the pedal,” Steele said. “When the whistle blows, we go out there and play like it’s a conference game. That’s what they did.”

Although Gomez didn’t score, Steele has been impressed with his distribution of the ball. Gomez and Cortes’ chemistry on the field has turned the Eagles into an offensive juggernaut.

“They read each other so well, even with their eyes off the ball, Steele said. “They know where each other is at. We really work on it in practice to really get that fluid movement going.”

West Craven returns to the pitch on Wednesday against South Lenoir before ending non-conference play against Kinston on Thursday.

The Eagles open Coastal Conference action at home against South Central on Sept. 14.

Adam Thompson can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at athompson@freedomenc.com.


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