Fike tops CBA soccer
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on September 8, 2010 1:46 PM
PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock got a second chance on Tuesday night to make a statement.
The Golden Falcons made a better impression, but failed to reach the ultimate goal.
Perennial soccer power Wilson Fike punched in the game's only goal in the 35th minute and held on for a hard-fought 1-0 victory on the Hardy Talton Stadium pitch. The No. 8-ranked Golden Demons (8-0-0 overall) completed a regular-season sweep of the Golden Falcons.
"I thought our defense played an excellent game tonight," said C.B. Aycock head coach Kevin Adkins. "The back four guys on defense kept their offense out of the middle of the field and played very solid."
The teams spent the opening 20 minutes battling in the midfield with little to show for their efforts. In the 23rd minute, the Golden Demons earned a scoring chance when Austin Wiggs sent a header over the crossbar.
Three minutes later, the Golden Falcons got an opportunity when a foul just outside the 18-yard box resulted in a free kick. Travis Musselman belted a shot on goal that sailed just wide of the net.
Fike got on the board in the 35th minute when Wiggs collected a perfect pass across the mouth of the net from Javon Garcia, and chipped it into the bottom right corner of the net.
"That was a shot that I might have been able to stop but it was put in a perfect spot," said Golden Falcons keeper Brandon Davis. "I am proud of our defensive game overall, because they are a very good offensive team."
Neither team could get any offense going in the second half as both defenses continued their stellar play. The best opportunity of the final 40 minutes came in the 73rd minute when Guillermo Proa broke free in the middle of the field and fired a shot on goal that was saved by the Golden Demons' keeper.
Fike finished with a 12-5 edge in shots. Davis tallied six saves for the Golden Falcons.
C.B. Aycock (5-2-0) jumps back into Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play today when North Lenoir travels to Pikeville.
"North Lenoir is going to come in here focused and trying to get a win, so we are going to have to give another good effort," said Davis. "The second game in a stretch where we play three days in a row is always tough, but I think we will be ready to go."
The Golden Falcons entertain county rival Rosewood on Thursday.