Warrior soccer gets first win of season
Posted By Sparta Live | March 30, 2011 12:00 am
The White County High School Warrior soccer team broke into the win column with a 3-1 defeat of the visiting Jets from Cumberland County on Monday.
Three different players scored unassisted goals for the Warriors and goalkeeper, Aaron Webb, backing the Warrior defense, allowed just one goal while recording nine saves.
WCHS got on the board first in the 17th minute of the contest when Adam Jones blasted one past the Jet keeper.
Even though both teams would have opportunities, neither team would score again until Wesley Wagner’s shot hit off the keeper’s hands and rolled into the goal pushing WCHS to the 2-0 lead with just under two minutes left in the half. That would be the score at the intermission.
Cumberland County tired to mount a comeback early in the second half. They pulled to within a point with their goal in the 44th minute of the contest.
Once again, each team would have opportunities over the next several minutes, but was unable to convert.
The Warriors got an insurance goal with 7:30 left in the contest on a shot by C.D. Hindenberger than floated in just over the outstretched arms of the Jet goalkeeper. That pushed the WCHS lead to 3-1, which would turn out to be the final score.
Coach Doug Dodson commented on his team’s win, “It was a good win for our team. Being the first win of the season and also a district victory was very important. This year we are only playing each district team once in the regular season, which makes each game even more important for tournament seeding.
“Coach (Ty) Webb and I felt we played well overall. We were able to play everyone during the game and they all did well. Our defense (Bradley Barker, Austin hall, Daniel Stott, Josh Cumming and the reserves) did a good job of limiting Cumberland County’s shots on goal. Aaron Webb had another good game in goal.
“Offensively, we did a better job of controlling the ball at midfield, which produced a lot of shots on goal. Adam Jones, Wes Wagner and C.D. Hindenberger had a goal each with all of our strikers getting shot opportunities.
“After Thursday’s loss to DeKalb County, we stressed to the team that we not only needed to be ready to play physically, but also mentally. Being able to finish, being more aggressive to the ball, utilizing the whole field, switching on defense are some of the areas we focused on. I felt we made improvement in these areas and those improvements were a key factor in our win.”
The Warriors (1-2, 1-1) return to action Thursday when they step back out of district play for a trip to Jackson County. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.