LAGRANGE — The Rosewood Eagles defeated the North Lenoir Hawks 2-0 on Monday in the season opener for both teams.
The game started off as a defensive battle in which neither team was able to control the possession of the ball for a long period of time.
The defensive stalemate continued until late into the first half when Rosewood began to take control of the game.
The Eagles began to control possession of the ball and create scoring opportunities. Rosewood was unable to convert any of the many chances they created until with three minutes left in the first half Antonio Baeza got the ball just outside the box on the right side of the field, and struck the ball past the keeper for a goal.
The goal from Baeza right before halftime gave Rosewood momentum, and they used that momentum to take control of the game in the second half.
The Eagles continued to dominate possession at the start of the second half, and they continued to create chance after chance on offense.
The constant pressure on offense from the Eagles resulted in their scoring their second goal of the game, which came from Giovanni Amaro in the 52nd minute.
Amaro’s goal came on a defensive error by the North Lenoir defense when instead of clearing the ball out of bounds, the Hawks defender tried to play a pass to one of his teammates, which took a deflection and ended up at the feet of Amaro, who converted the scoring opportunity.
Following the goal, the Eagles continued to control possession of the ball, but instead of continuing to attack on offense, they began to run down time on the clock by passing the ball in the defensive half the field.
The Eagles were able to use the strategy effectively, and for the remaining minutes of the game the Eagles allowed the Hawks almost no chances on offense. The game ended with Rosewood coming out on top with a 2-0 win over North Lenoir.
Rosewood head coach Eddie Maldonado said he was happy his team won, but thinks they can play even better as the season progresses.
“I think we did OK,” Maldonado said. “It’s the beginning of the season, so we still have a long way to go, but you are always happy when you get a win.”