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Eagles Get Season's First Win

Varsity vs East Carteret HS on 8/28/2012 6:00:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Jordan Honeycutt, New Bern Sun Journal

SOCCER: West Craven off the snide

Eagles get first win

Sun Journal

VANCEBORO — West Craven picked up its first victory of the young season Tuesday with a 3-2 win over East Carteret.

The win, coupled with an earlier loss to Clinton, moves the Eagles to 1-1 for the year.

West Craven dominated by keeping the ball on its side of the field for the majority of the contest.

Jose Torres, Eliazar Ortega and Lamberto Gomez all had goals.

Goalkeeper Jesus Munoz didn’t receive much action and saved the few shots he faced, except for a penalty kick by East Carteret’s Alex DeOliveira.

“There were some positive things tonight and definitely the biggest being getting our first win,” West Craven coach Aaron Steele said.

“We squandered some scoring chances by hitting the crossbar and things like that that we need to keep working on and we are still waiting a little too late to shoot. We need to pull the trigger quicker.”

The Eagles’ first goal came at the 16:09 mark in the first half on a goal by Torres.

A mere few minutes in, the Eagles missed a golden scoring chance when Ortega’s header clanged off the crossbar.

The Mariners struggled all night to keep up with the speed of the Eagles and were visibly spent late in the game.

“Our speed is there. We need to just gain some versatility on offense,” Steele said.

“I think that we did a good job tonight though of keeping their defense guessing and off balance. We need to utilize our strengths even better.”

Steele and his Eagles will have a new challenge facing them Friday against Kinston.

Munoz was attempting to run out and neglect a Mariner attacker from scoring and in doing so, nudged him to the turf.

Munoz received a red card for it and will miss the Kinston game.

“Jesus was trying to make a play there and it wasn’t as of a red card as I’ve seen before,” Steele said. “He will probably just have to miss one game and we should be fine.”

Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at Jordan.Honeycutt@newbernsj.com. Follow Jordan on Twitter @jhoneynbsj29

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