Aycock soccer

Southern Wayne’s Wilberto Sanchez dribbles the ball as he looks for an open teammate.

The Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons defeated the Southern Wayne Saints 3-2 on Thursday night in a comeback victory.

The Golden Falcons came out onto the field on wearing pink instead of their usual blue jerseys to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October in the United States.

C.B. Aycock started off playing well in their bright pink jerseys, and they created several offensive chances, including one in the 18th minute off a corner kick that was saved by the Saints goalkeeper.

The save by the Southern Wayne goalkeeper gave the Saints an energy boost they needed and almost immediately after the save, they began to push higher up the field and create more scoring opportunities.

Just four minutes after the save, forward Edgar Castaneda scored on a long shot from outside the penalty box. The shot went over the keeper’s head into the top middle of the goal to give the Saints a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

After the first goal, the Saints continued to be the more aggressive team offensively, and that paid off with another goal right before halftime in the 38th minute.

The goal came from midfielder Miguel Campuzano who scored just inside of the penalty box to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

C.B. Aycock head coach Dominick Albano said that he was disappointed with his team’s effort in the second part of the first half, and he urged them to pick up their intensity in his halftime speech to the team.

“I feel like we dominated the first 20 minutes of the game,” Albano said. “In the second part of the first half we fell asleep, and that’s when they scored their two goals. My halftime speech was, ‘Listen we can win this game still. I know we can play a lot better than this. It comes down to who wants it more.’ ”

The Golden Falcon players seemed to be motivated by their coach’s halftime speech and after creating multiple scoring opportunities, they scored just five minutes into the second half.

The goal was scored by Collin McIver who outran the Saints defenders, and forced the goalkeeper to come out of the box. The keeper was able to deflect the ball, but it landed right back to McIver on the right side of the goal where he tapped it into an empty net.

Just 12 minutes later in the 67th minute of the game, the Golden Falcons equalized with a free-kick from McIver. The free-kick scored by the midfielder was 20 yards out from the goal. Even though the goalkeeper guessed the right direction to dive, the ball came in hard and low and the keeper was unable to save it.

McIver once again came up big for the Golden Falcons in the 73rd minute of the game when he was taken down inside of the box to earn his team a penalty kick. Adam Cook, the team’s penalty kick taker, stepped up to the spot to the take the penalty, which he shot into the top right corner of the net to give C.B. Aycock a 3-2 lead.

After taking the late lead, the Golden Falcons played much more defensive and almost every player on the team played into their own half of the field, as they looked to hold onto their lead. Their defensive strategy worked, and when the final whistle was blown, the score remained 3-2 in C.B. Aycock’s favor.

The key player in the Golden Falcons comeback win was McIver who scored two goals and set up their last goal by forcing the Saints defender to foul him in the penalty box.

Albano also said that he was impressed by the way McIver played in the second half of the game.

“I think he played tremendous,” Albano said. “He has been a big help filling Zack (Naughton’s) shoes from last year. He’s done a great job. He can create some big moments in a game, and that’s what he did tonight. He created some big moments in the game for us.”

With the win, C.B. Aycock improved to 9-3-1 overall and 5-1 in the Quad County 3A Conference. Southern Wayne fell to 6-4 overall and 2-4 in the same conference.

C.B. Aycock will take on Hunt High next at home on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Southern Wayne will face East Wake in Wendell on Wednesday at 6 p.m.