03/18/12 — Jackson, Mozingo lead EW charge

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Jackson, Mozingo lead EW charge

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on March 18, 2012 1:52 AM

Eastern Wayne and Southern Wayne continued their respective searches for an identity on Friday evening.

The Saints came away with plenty to feel positive about.

The Warriors picked up another Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference win. Jordan Jackson and Megan Mozingo each scored a second-half goal in a 2-0 victory at Little Big Horn.

Each team struggled to find offensive structure in the first half.

Neither Eastern Wayne or Southern Wayne could convert on scoring opportunities in the opening 40 minutes. The Warriors squandered corner kicks in the third and 10th minute, while the Saints' Alva Perez's tailing shot in the 20th minute was saved by Eastern Wayne keeper Erica Duke.

Mozingo's free kick in the 22nd minute was turned away by Southern Wayne keeper Maria Gutierrez. Mozingo's shot in the 32nd minute sailed just high. Eastern Wayne played stretches of the first half with a combination of 11 freshmen and sophomores on the field.

Perez nearly scored in the 37th minute before her shot was cleared off the goal line by Warriors' defender Brooke Doherty.

"That is my fault that in the first half I did not impress into my players that we are probably going to have to give a very strong effort," Eastern Wayne head coach Jorg Wagner said. "That's in the end what it took. We were on our heels a bit in the first half and again that's definite credit to Southern Wayne."

Crystal Rivera just missed giving Southern Wayne the lead in the 48th minute when her shot hit the crossbar.

"We had a couple of misses," Saints' head coach Michael Klemiuk said. "I thought offensively we had out chances and we just didn't finish them. We're a work in progress and I've seen a tremendous amount of improvement. The result didn't go the way we wanted, but I think we took a step in the right direction."

Jordan Jackson received a through ball from Mozingo in the 49th minute, dribbled past two defenders in the 18-yard box and beat Gutierrez to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Mozingo collected a loose ball inside the 18-yard box off Ann Reed Hulse's corner kick in the 52nd minute and scored to extend the margin to 2-0.

"In the second half we were able to produce a bit more pressure," Wagner said. "We had two fortunate goals I thought. The attack worked a bit better and we were able to send more balls from the midfield through to the front."

Southern Wayne (1-3-2 overall, 0-3 ECC) missed scoring chances on a corner kick in the 65th minute and Rivera's shot that went wide moments later. A free kick in the 75th minute went by the wayside.

Gutierrez finished with 6 saves and Duke recorded four stops.

Eastern Wayne (3-3-0, 3-1-0) visits Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday, while the Saints travel to South Johnston.