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Eagles, Patriots fit to be tied

Varsity vs West Carteret HS on 9/28/2010 6:30:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Kevin Travis, New Bern Sun Journal
 

Eagles, Patriots fit to be tied

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Cortes scores lone goal for West Craven

Sun Journal

VANCEBORO – West Craven will have to wait at least one more game to possibly celebrate the most wins in school history.

The Eagles, ranked 10th in the latest 3-A N.C. Soccer Coaches Association poll, tied the West Carteret Patriots, 1-1 in double-overtime, in Tuesday night’s Coastal Conference soccer action. One more win will give West Craven (11-1, 3-1-1) its most wins in a single season.

“There’s just something about playing West Carteret that we can’t seem to close out the game,” West Craven head coach Aaron Steele said after Tuesday’s game, played partially in falling rain. “This happened last year when we were up in double-overtime and we gave them two goals in under two minutes. We need to match that intensity.”

Jaime Cortes scores his 37th goal of the season at the 22:18 mark of the first half. The senior had a number of other opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize.

The Eagles actually scored an own goal at the 10:49 mark of the second half, which allowed the Patriots (3-5-3, 3-1-1) to tie the game.

“I really feel like we beat ourselves,” Steele said. “I believe that’s the truth.

“With the goal we got in the first half and the way we ended the first half is the way we should have played the whole game. We just have to do a better job of closing out the half.

“The boys showed good composure. Giving up that heartbreaking goal, a lot of teams might have fallen out, but the boys actually responded.”

Sam Mitchell made a number of impressive stops throughout the game, including a pair of gutsy diving saves in overtime, to keep the Patriots at bay.

West Carteret’s Mike Perry had a handful of impressive saves himself.

Both teams had their chances in the overtime sessions, but neither could finish.

The Eagles played without a couple key players, including senior midfielder Joe Valdez, who had to sit because of yellow cards. Steele was pleased with those who filled in Tuesday night.

“Playing without Joe, you lose a link in the chain,” Steele said. “He’s a strong player in the middle.

“I was basically playing with second stringers in the overtime, but they stepped up and played big. That’s a big compliment to the depth that we have. Guys like Fredi Ramirez, Steven Ridenour and Michael Prince all stepped up tonight. That’s big for our program.”

The Eagles play at Washington on Thursday.

 

Kevin Travis can be reached at 252-635-5669 or at ktravis@freedomenc.com.

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