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Bears' Sanchez sinks Eagles

Varsity vs New Bern HS on 9/6/2012 6:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 06, 2012 by Jordan Honeycutt, New Bern Sun Journal
Junior's two goals lead New Bern to win September 06, 2012 9:05 PM Many times in sports when a player transfers to another school or is traded to another team, that player steps their game up when facing their former team. Such was the case Thursday for young Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez, a junior soccer player at New Bern, transferred from West Craven. His pair of goals were the only scores in the Bears’ 2-0 win. “I just wanted to come out and play my hardest,” Sanchez said. “They are a really good team and have been playing well lately, and I just wanted to represent for the Bears.” Another key in the contest was the play of New Bern’s defense, which cut the field in half much of the night, limiting the Eagles’ scoring chances. “That was probably our biggest positive in the game, the fact that we didn’t give them too many scoring chances and our defense played well in the second half,” New Bern coach Tim Guter said. “We still have a ton of improvement to make before conference season and we have to play much better.” Sanchez’s goals came at the 17:14 mark of the first half and the 10:13 mark of the second. Both were the result of rebounds off West Craven goalkeeper Jesus Munoz save attempts, that bounced right back to Sanchez. For the Eagles — it was that kind of evening. Every chance they had, Murphy’s Law seemed to take over. “We blew all of our scoring chances in the first half, some of which were point-blank,” West Craven coach Aaron Steele said. “I don’t even think we had a scoring opportunity in the second half. We have to create better. We need 11 guys playing together, instead of riding on two or three to make something happen.” The Eagles have a bit of a break before traveling to powerhouse Jacksonville on Sept. 11. Steele had a clear message for his kids after the loss. “I told them what an old coach of mine once told me and that is ‘to play every game like it’s your last and that’s what we have to do now for the next 14 games.’ “Jesus did play very well in goal tonight, which was a positive and we worked really hard on defense.” Munoz was assaulted pretty much all night with shots from the Bears and came up with save after save, even deflecting a penalty kick. Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at Jordan.Honeycutt@newbernsj.com. Follow Jordan on Twitter @jhoneynbsj29

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