Triton tops Eastern Wayne 2-0
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on October 13, 2009 1:46 PM
Eastern Wayne controlled the game, but Triton controlled the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory at Little Big Horn on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' soccer scene Monday night.
Despite being out-shot 16-6, the Hawks made the most of their opportunities and claimed a pivotal win in league play. Triton (6-6-1 overall) improved to 2-4-1 against ECC opposition this season and remained in contention for a postseason bid.
Eastern Wayne (6-8-1, 3-4 ECC) dominated possession for the first 15 minutes before the Hawks capitalized on their first scoring opportunity of the night. Triton forward Dan Goff cut in between defenders and blasted a shot past the Warriors keeper.
"We start seven freshmen and two sophomores so we are forced to out-work any team that we play," said Hawks head coach Joe Moriello. "We did not have many opportunities, but we made the most of our chances and our defense made it hold up."
Eastern Wayne's best scoring chance came in the 25th minute when Ryan Allison fired a shot form 20 yards out. The line-drive blast narrowly missed the left post.
Triton led 1-0 at halftime.
"It would be an understatement to say that we had a majority of the possession," said Warriors head coach Jorg Wagner. "We had a lot of chances to tie the game, but we couldn't find the net."
Eastern Wayne continued to pressure the Triton net during the early stages of the second half. Wagner's squad created multiple chances, including the best opportunity of the game in the 64th minute.
Forward Leslie Cox collected a long pass and raced toward the net untouched. Cox fired a shot, but Triton keeper Nick Glover made a brilliant save to keep his team in front.
"That's one of those plays where the ball has got to go in," said Wagner. "We did a good job to create a good shot and their guy just made a better save."
Triton completed the scoring in the 70th minute when Goff collected a loose ball and made a pinpoint pass to Devin McCoy, who buried the shot inside the six-yard box.