Warrick sets new single-season goal-scoring record against Triton
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on May 5, 2012 11:15 PM
PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock keeps winning games.
Cheyenne Warrick continues to break records.
The Golden Falcons opened up a 5-0 lead by halftime and rolled to a 6-1 victory over Triton in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' soccer tournament at Hardy Talton Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Top-seeded Aycock (16-3-0 overall) earned its 13th consecutive victory and plays host to second-seeded Cleveland, which eliminated Eastern Wayne 7-1, in the championship game Friday. Kick-off is 6 p.m.
Warrick scored five goals to increase her season total to 65 and shatter the school record of 64 she set a year ago.
Aycock pressured the Hawks' defense relentlessly throughout the first half. The Golden Falcons' midfielders and defenders routinely worked passes up the field to forwards to create numerous scoring opportunities.
Warrick's shot in the first minute was saved by Triton keeper Sarah Elliot. Samantha Parrish got Aycock on the scoreboard in the fourth minute when she collected a deflection off of Emily Borel's shot and scored. Warrick took Borel's assist off a corner kick in the 12th minute and booted it past Elliot to increase the lead to 2-0.
"In years past we've bypassed the midfield and let Cheyenne play four-on-one and she seemed to handle it well," Golden Falcons' assistant coach Byron Adkins said. "This year we changed things up a little bit and we wanted to actually incorporate the midfield and bring everybody together and the goals just keep coming.
"We're playing really well right now."
Warrick won the ball from two Hawks' defenders on the near sideline in the 15th minute, raced toward Elliot and tucked a shot into the corner of the goal. Moments later, Warrick gathered a rebound off of Borel's shot and increased the margin to 4-0.
Warrick scored off Borel's assist in the 19th minute and tallied her record-breaking goal on Parrish's assist in the 41st minute.
"Cheyenne broke her record from last year which was a goal for her," Adkins said.
Lachelle Rogers scored Triton's lone goal in the 76th minute.
Aycock keeper Alex Van-Meir finished with seven saves for her eighth shutout of the season. The Golden Falcons had an 18-10 advantage in shots on goal.
Eastern Wayne defeated Aycock in last season's ECC tournament finals in Pikeville. The Golden Falcons went unbeaten during the regular season in ECC play for the second straight year and are hungry to capture the tournament title that eluded them last season.
"It was bittersweet to go 12-0 in the conference and then to lose to Eastern Wayne," Adkins said. "There's a hunger to win the conference and the ECC tournament and to go a couple of rounds in the state playoffs which we've never done.
"There's a drive this year to get where we're going."
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