Second half surge helps men's soccer team defeat Warren Wilson 5-1
Men's soccer wins 5-1 over Warren Wilson on Monday afternoon
Sports Information Department BC
September 12, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Swannonoa, North Carolina- Bluefield's men soccer team extends its unbeaten streak to four games with a second half surge giving the Rams a 5-1 victory over Warren Wilson on Monday afternoon.
The Rams came into the match having played a 110 minutes on Saturday evening against Brevard College, and knew physical determination would play a factor in Monday's contest. The fighting owls would be first in getting an early chance on goal in the 6th minute. A Warren Wilson striker had the ball at the top of the 18-yard box with no pressure, giving him an opportunity on frame. Fortunately for BC, the shot when inches high over the crossbar.
Just four minutes later in the 10th minute, Jacob Mader was able to create space on the left side by beating his defender to the outside. Mader dribbled on the byline and served a swinging ball into Aaron Georgiadas. Aaron was left unmarked in the six-yard box, but his redirected header miss by a foot wide right.
It only took another minute for Bluefield to catch Warren Wilson off guard. A well-played turnover at half field, gave Bluefield the ball just inside the half line. With some time to control and distribute, centerback Cody Snow chipped a ball over the Warren Wilson defense finding Frazillio. Frazillio damaged one defender, nudged the ball ahead of himself into free space and pushed the ball with the outside of his foot past the goalkeeper, giving the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
The final ten minutes of the first half were a struggle for Bluefield, as the Rams gave Warren Wilson two early birthday presents inside their offensive third. After a Bluefield foul, Wilson laced up a free kick and placed the dipping ball into 6-yard box. Wilson's main threat, Enrique Timas, was on the end of it but placed it high over the crossbar. Just two minutes later, Timas gave Bluefield trouble again from 18 yards out. BC left Timas open on the top corner of the box after a nice run to get open, his shot on frame was off the crossbar after Rams GK Justin Cook made a brilliant diving tip to keep the Rams on top going into halftime.
Bluefield responded well in the second half, but not right away. Nine minutes into the second half, Frazillio made a great heads up play to get free just inside the 18-yard box. He collected it quickly, and fired a bullet off the post. BC's Anthony Hunt was there for the second-chance putback, but his touch on the ball sailed over the crossbar.
The momentum was beginning to change as Bluefield's offensive pressure picked up. The Rams have scored eight out of ten goals in their last four games in the second half, and nothing would change in this game. Finally, BC broke through in the 67th minute after a great buildup along the right side.
Jacob Mader grabbed the ball inside the 30, crossed a defender and lasered a rocket in the net, freezing the Warren Wilson keeper and giving the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The offensive attacks for Bluefield became more frequent and contained much more pace late in the second half. In the 69th minute, Steven "Haiti" Guerrier attacked the right side with considerable speed and as he turned his defender, he lifted a ball into the goal mouth area. On the receiving end was a warren clearance, but the defensive play resulted in a bad clearance into the back of the net for the own goal giving Bluefield a three-goal advantage with twenty minutes to play.
Warren Wilson was still hungry in search of a goal to keep things interesting in the second half. Unfortunately, Bluefield gifted Wilson a free ball after a poor defensive turnover in the Rams half. Gaining possession, Wilson's attacking midfielder drilled a long shot into the back of net, catching GK Cook out of position giving him little chance to make a great save. Warren Wilson's goal was the first goal allowed in 360 minutes for Bluefield College.
Just five minutes later, Bluefield GK Justin Cook would be called for holding possesion of the ball in his penalty box for too many seconds, giving Warren Wilson a indirect free kick from 12 yards out. The shot was deflected into the heart of the defensive wall and cleared by the Rams.
After a few sloppy defensive lapses from Bluefield, the team recollected and began to push forward looking for a three-goal advantage for the second time. Bluefield looked to its spark off the bench on the right wing in Guerrier. "Haiti" pushed his way through and around the defender, crossed the ball into the middle for the on-rushing Jacob Mader. Even though the ball was played behind him, Mader repositioned his body and knocked home a volley with the outside of his foot for a Rams goal and the 4-1 lead.
The Rams weren't done yet, as they went to their "go-to" right winger, Haiti. Haiti dribbled inside then outside, beating his defender again and slotting the ball into the goal area around the six yard box. Georgiadas would make an aggresive run into open space to beat the WW defender to the ball and finish it with a slight deflection to follow. The fifth and final goal was a symbol of the team's diligence in the second half in continuing to work hard regardless of its earlier play.
The 5-1 win put Bluefield in the winning column for its overall record of 3-2-1. The Rams have outscored their opponents 10-1 in the past four games, and will have five days to prepare for its first conference match of the season when they host Milligan College on Saturday in Bluefield.
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