SEVEN SPRINGS — The Spring Creek Gators defeated the Goldsboro Cougars 3-0 on Thursday night in a victory that was all Gators from the start.
Heading into Thursday night’s match, both teams were playing some of their best soccer of the season, especially on the defensive side of the ball, as both Goldsboro and Spring Creek had won their two previous matchups by shutting out their opponents.
Spring Creek’s shutout victories came against Eastern Wayne and Princeton, while Goldsboro’s shutout victories came against Beddingfield and Princeton.
The Cougar defense that was impenetrable against Beddingfield and Princeton last week showed some cracks on Thursday night against the Gators.
Spring Creek opened up the scoring inside in the first ten minutes of the match. Off an assist from Anthony Valentine, Alex Carmona-Morales scored a goal to give Spring Creek an early 1-0 advantage.
After the early goal, Spring Creek continued to attack the goal. In the 20th minute, the Gators almost doubled their lead when Carmona-Morales’ shot struck the post, and the ball went out of play.
At the beginning of the second half, Carmona-Morales earned another scoring opportunity when he got the ball deep into the Goldsboro half of the field. This time he made the most of his opportunity, and he scored his second goal of the game to double the Gators’ lead.
Twenty minutes later, Adrian Tavera sealed the match when he scored a goal inside the Goldsboro penalty area to increase the Gators’ lead to 3-0.
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After the goal by Tavera, Spring Creek played more defensively, and the Gators were content to run out the clock as they held on to their lead to take a 3-0 victory.
Spring Creek head coach Miguel Torres said he was happy to earn the win but wants the Gators to turn more of their scoring opportunities into goals.
“We had plenty of chances we just have to be more clinical,” Torres said.
Torres also said that three players stood out to him during the match.
“My forwards Alex (Carmona-Morales), Anthony (Valentine) and Adrian (Tavera) did a good job of attacking the goal tonight.” Torres said.
With the win Spring Creek improved to 9-4-2 overall and 3-1 in Neuse Six 2A conference play. The Gators are one game behind North Johnston (11-3-1, 3-0) for first place in the conference.
Goldsboro fell to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Goldsboro will host North Johnston at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, while Spring Creek will have to wait until Tuesday to play again when the Gators entertain Beddingfield (1-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m.