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Golden Falcons player John McIver (3) tries to get the ball past the defender to create a goal-scoring opportunity.

PIKEVILLE — The J.H. Rose Rampants defeated the Charles B. Aycock Golden Eagles 3-2 in Monday night’s game.

The night game started off with neither team being able to dominate possession. Both the Golden Eagles and the Rampants had close to even possession of the ball, and both teams had scoring opportunities.

The first goal of the game came in the 17th minute after J.H. Rose conceded a free kick. Sophomore Collin McIver crossed the ball into the penalty box, and junior Colby Thompson rose above everybody to head in the goal.

After giving up the first goal, J.H. Rose pressed high up the field and kept the ball in the C.B. Aycock half of the field. The Rampants’ high pressing style of play led to their first goal in the 22nd minute.

The Rampants continued to press high up the field, but with their defenders playing so high, they were left vulnerable to a counterattack from the Golden Eagles.

In the 25th minute of the game, C.B. Aycock scored again on a quick counterattack where junior Matthew King passed a through ball outside of the defenders to senior Zach Naughton who shot the ball past the goalkeeper to take a 2-0 lead.

J.H. Rose once again answered back quickly after a C.B. Aycock goal, and in the 31st minute of the game, the score was once again tied at 2-2. Neither team scored again in the half so the score at halftime was 2-2.

Nine minutes into the second half, J.H. Rose conceded a penalty, which senior Zach Naughton stepped up to take. His penalty was saved by the J.H. Rose goalkeeper and the game remained at 2-2.

After missing out on the chance to take the lead, C.B. Aycock struggled to get possession of the ball.

The Rampants controlled possession, and in the 78th minute, the team scored the game-winning goal.

The Rampants won the game against C.B. Aycock 3-2.

C.B. Aycock head coach Dominick Albano said he was proud of the way his team played.

“I saw heart,” Albano said. “I saw effort. It’s just an unfortunate loss. I think we capitalized when we needed to capitalize besides, obviously, the PK (penaltly kick), but they are a really good team.”

With Monday night’s loss, the Golden Falcons drop to 7-3-1 on the season and 5-3-1 in the Eastern Carolina 4A/3A conference. J.H. Rose improves to 4-2-1 with the win.

C.B. Aycock will play again on Wednesday when they face D.H. Conley (6-0) in Greenville.