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Eagles Win Conference Opener

Varsity vs South Central on 9/14/2010 6:30:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by Kevin Travis, New Bern Sun Journal

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Cortes scores five goals

Sun Journal

VANCEBORO — Jaime Cortes scored five goals for the West Craven Eagles, leading his team to a 6-1 win over the South Central Falcons in Tuesday night’s Coastal Conference opener.

“This was important,” Cortes said. “I was a little nervous but, hey, we did it.”

The Eagles dedicated the win to assistant coach Dana Steele, who was celebrating a birthday.

“We dedicated this game to Coach (Dana) Steele,” head coach Aaron Steele said. “He’s coached longer than I’ve been alive. He’s the guy who started this whole program and he’s the root of (the players’) tree. He does everything for this team.”

Cortes scored three of his goals in the first half, and could have had a fourth on a nifty header had it not been for an offsides call. The senior now has 34 goals this season.

The Eagles (9-0, 1-0 Coastal), ranked 10th in the latest 3-A N.C. Soccer Coaches Association poll, breezed through their non-conference schedule. They scored over 60 goals and allowed just two in eight games.

“We wanted to get off on the right foot,” Steele said “I told the guys before the game that I didn’t care what we had done. If we had eight wins in the preseason and then lost every game after that, they wouldn’t mean anything. The guys really worked hard.”

Tuesday’s performance wasn’t quite as dominating, but it was certainly good enough. The Falcons (2-3, 0-1 Coastal) couldn’t mount much of a threat. When the Falcons did get some rare shots off, West Craven senior goalkeeper Sam Mitchell was there to thwart them.

Joey Carr scored with 25 minutes left to get the Falcons on the scoreboard and end the shutout bid. Carr’s score made it 4-1.

Ryan Hardison pushed the lead back to four goals on a blast with 14 minutes remaining.

Cortes gave West Craven a 6-1 edge five minutes later to cap the scoring.

Cortes got the Eagles on the board with a rebound blast, coming off his own miss, just four minutes into the game. His 30-yard looping shot nine minutes later made it 2-0. The lead grew to 3-0 on a 20-yard rip by Cortes with eight minutes to play in the half.

Cortes juked a defender and nailed his forth goal of the game seven minutes into the second half.

The Eagles return to action Thursday for a match at Havelock.

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