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Eagles Put Early Scare Into Warriors on Pitch

Varsity vs Hunt High School on 11/3/2011 7:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, November 03, 2011 by Kevin Travis, New Bern Sun Journal

Eagles put early scare into Warriors on pitch

Top-ranked, unbeaten Hunt wins

 
Sun Journal

WILSON — A scrappy West Craven team gave the top-ranked, unbeaten Hunt Warriors some fits Thursday evening. However, the Warriors, using a constant barrage of shots, captured a 3-0 win in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A state soccer playoffs.

It marked the second straight year Hunt has ended West Craven’s season in the second round.

The Warriors posted a 4-0 win last year.

“Offensively, they are so talented,” West Craven coach Aaron Steele said. “Any player that walks out for Wilson Hunt is going to be dangerous. All three goals we gave them came from outside the box.

“When they had the opportunities, they made them count.”

The Warriors (23-0) kept the pressure on in the first half, as the Big East conference champions smashed 17 shots (28 total).

Jesus Munoz, who finished with 16 saves, kept the Eagles (13-6-1) in the game with solid play in goal. He had 11 saves in the opening 40 minutes. There was one shot he couldn’t corral, a blast that went through his gloves and rolled into the goal with 1:42 to play in the first half.

“He deserves a lot of credit tonight for making those saves,” Steele said of Munoz.

The Warriors made it 3-0 within a three-minute span midway through the second half.

West Craven, the Coastal Conference No. 2 seed, simply couldn’t generate any offense against the Warriors.

Hunt, which took a 9-1 win over Charles B. Aycock in the first round, will face either West Brunswick (11-6-2), the Waccamaw Conference champions, or Wilson Fike (13-7-1), the Big East’s No. 3 seed, in the third round.

Thursday’s loss marked the final game for seniors Antonio Lewis, Nick Mitchell, Mike Cauley, Sue Rocham, Steven Ridenour and Chris Cope.

“Everything that this program has done in the last four years, from our first playoffs and everything, they are a part of,” Steele said. “They leave a legacy behind.”

The Eagles saw their six-game win streak come to a halt. That included a 14-0 win over Hertford County in the first round.

The goal total was a new school record, eclipsing the previous mark of 13 set in 13-0 wins over Kinston (Sept. 3, 2009) and Pamlico (Aug. 8, 2009).

 

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

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