Greenfield shuts out Wayne Country Day
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on September 21, 2011 1:49 PM
At halftime of Tuesday's game at Wayne Country Day, Greenfield head soccer coach Ben Forbes challenged his team to put the Chargers away in the second half.
That's exactly what the Knights did.
Greenfield scored four goals in the second half and cruised to a 5-0 Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference win.
The Knights (5-5-4 overall, 2-0-0 CPIC) earned a penalty kick on a controversial foul call inside the 18-yard box in the 22nd minute. Robert Stallings beat Wayne Country Day keeper Zach Brewer-Kirby to give Greenfield a 1-0 lead.
"I feel like we got robbed in the first half," Chargers first-year head coach Scott Summers said. "That was a game-changer."
Jordan Sharpe just missed extending the lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute when his hard shot was saved by Brewer-Kirby. Mark Dandanell's header off Sharpe's throw-in in the 32nd minute sailed just wide.
Hil Tanner nearly got Wayne Country Day (4-3-3, 1-2-0) on the scoreboard in the 37th minute when his shot missed wide. A minute later, Jack Langston's shot from inside the 18-yard box was saved by Knights' keeper Gary Phillips.
Dandanell collected a loose ball in the box in the 42nd minute and slipped a shot past Brewer-Kirby to extend the lead to 2-0. His shot from inside the 18-yard box in the 56th minute deflected off Brewer-Kirby's hands and into the back of the goal.
"Greenfield is a very good team and I think they've got the full package," Summers said. "They were just coming at us from all different angles and I think our boys aren't used to that. We've still got a lot of stuff to learn and a lot of stuff to go over.
"We've got to keep fighting through it and keep our heads up. Once they got that second goal our boys started to put their heads down."
David Bradley added a goal in the 61st minute and Sharpe's goal off Dandanell's assist capped the scoring in the 67th minute. The Knights finished with a 13-10 edge in shots on goal.
Max Park's shot on goal in the 78th minute that was saved by Phillips was the Chargers' only threatening scoring opportunity of the second half. Brewer-Kirby tallied five saves.
"I felt bad for our defense because Greenfield put pressure on them non-stop and they couldn't really get a rest," Summers said. "It all comes down to our midfield coming back to help out and getting back on defense. We were winning the ball and kicking right back to them and we couldn't get in the flow of play. It's all about them figuring out in the midfield."
Wayne Country Day entertains Epiphany on Friday.
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