CARY — When a team wins a share of its conference title, it enters that next year with a goal of repeating it. For Cary Academy’s boys soccer team, returning co-champions of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference, the desire is for another season much like the last one.
But that will mean taking down Ravenscroft, a team ranked in the News & Observer’s top 15 for most of the year. Playing up to their potential will be pivotal for the Chargers.
For half of Thursday’s 7-1 home victory against Trinity Academy of Raleigh, Cary Academy did just that. In the other half, they fell somehwhat short.
“I thought we came out very strong. We passed it around. We really played to our potential,” junior Trevor Gordon said. “We kind of saw that we did need to work on a few things and we can’t let up in the second half. We need to play a full game strong.”
David Maydew, who led the way with two goals, scored 20 seconds into the match. Cohen Dworsky gathered a rebound about two minutes later to go up 2-0, then assisted to Maydew on the next goal with a corner kick.
Ian Brooks added the Chargers’ fourth goal after an assist from Nathan De Ycaza. After an own goal by Trinity and another one by Carter Mathis, which trickled out of the hands of the Tigers’ goalkeeper and across the goal line, Cary Academy (7-3-2) was up 6-0 with 11:26 to play in the first half.
But Trinity found the net as sophomore Logan Michaels’ shot took a fortunate bounce off the left post to put the Tigers on the board with 1:04 left till halftime.
That seemed to give Trinity (4-4) new life, and the match’s final 41 minutes were played evenly, with Cary Academy picking up a late goal thanks to Colin Dworsky.
“I think we didn’t adjust well to their halftime adjustments. They crowded the center of the field and we continued to play very narrow and right into their defense and we never really figured out to go around them,” said coach Jeff Costa.
Meanwhile Trinity coach Steve Woodard was happy with his 1A team’s resilience against the 3A school. The Tigers have yet to be shut out this year.
“I was quite pleased with the way everyone played. Even our subs,” coach Steve Woodard said.
Woodard added that by playing larger schools like Cary Academy, he hopes the Tigers will be well-prepared for conference play and N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs.
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