- Published on Sunday, 26 August 2012 22:50
- Written by Super User
• 8/14 - Ashley 4 West Brunswick 1 - Eagles Open Season With A Win! There is a buzz in the soccer world about the Screaming Eagles of Ashley High School. The buzz is certainly warranted but it has not been shown in the preseason scrimmages nor in the first half of the season opener. The Eagles have more talent from top to bottom than ever before. Instead of having to “hide” a couple of starters the Eagles have the luxury of having two or three people coming off the bench without losing a step on the field. In the second half of the season opener against future conference foe West Brunswick the Eagles finally showed their talents. In the first half against a strong West team the guys got very predictable in their play which made it easy to defend. Austin Davis did find the back of the net in the 32nd minute of play to give us the lead. After a defensive lapse and a marking error Scottie Melvin was able to get the equalizer. From that point on our defense flexed their collective muscles and did not allow any more good looks at the goal. Cam Simmons step upped for the Eagles to be the man in the net due to some practice and injury issues to the other keepers. It looks as if Cam may have found a new role for the Eagles. The guys showed what they were made of immediately in the second half. West’s keeper Connor Johnston came way off of his line to play a ball which ended up on the foot of Parker Rackley. Parker looked up and saw an opportunity to punish the keeper for his mistake and drilled a 40 yard shot into the back of the net. The Eagles never looked back with a second goal by Austin Davis on an assist from Sean Baker. Gary O’Neill added the final goal on a penalty kicked earned by Justin Savinon who was a major spark for the Eagle attack in the second half.
Hats off to the Eagles on what could be a great start to a truly brilliant season! The Junior Varsity team almost put the new mercy rule in action with their season opener with an 8-0 win over West Brunswick.
•8/16 - Ashley 4 Jack Britt 4 - The team was riding a high after their successful first outing and the great press they have received on the outlook for their season. Well the high was short lived. After a crowded 2+ hour bus trip and sitting in the heat through the JV game, the guys allowed the Buccaneers of Jack Britt to strike first. Sean Baker responded soon there after with an aggressive attack that ended in a goal to tie the game. We had an unfortunate incident that led to one of our defensive leaders to be sidelined for most of the game but others were willing to pick up the needed work. We proceeded to take their defense apart scoring three unanswered goals by Austin Davis (assisted by Tony Mack), Justin Savinon (55 yard direct kick), & Ryan Powers (in the thick of things in from of the net). That is where our offensive domination ended and our defensive stand stopped. We allowed Jack Britt to steadily work their way back into the match in the second half with goals at the 41st, 65th, and a questionable one in the 70th minute. The Eagles attempted to but never could get the attack back in line so the final score was Jack Britt 4 Ashley 4. JV score Ashley 3 Jack Britt 2
• 8/20 – Ashley 1 Topsail 4 - Disappointing Outing - With so many distractions in the world today it is hard to find the time to commit to something fully and that seems to be the case with the Eagle soccer team. On Friday we had eight players (a third of the team) not at practice due to family, work, as well as other commitments. This included four players that normally started as well as others that contribute greatly to the team. It also interfered with the continuity of team chemistry with people not used to who was around them and where they were playing. All of that being said the results of last night’s match were not our desired outcome. Topsail a very strong team was able to man handle us with a score of 4-1. Tony Mack scored the lone goal on an assist from Myles Strickland. With the start of classes next week hopefully the lives of the players will settled down with a more regular schedule. The individual talent of this team is very good but the consistency and teamwork of this group is not nearly where it needs to be. With more work it should get better and successes should follow.
The JV team kept up their undefeated stretch by enacting the mercy rule with a 9-0 win over Topsail. The JV team does not have any games until the opening day of school. Both teams will be in action at home on Monday August 27th against South Brunswick. The varsity team will be participating in the Battle of the Beach Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Onslow County.