Kyle Ward scored in the first half, and Montana Crowder and Brad Wexler added tallies in the second as Green Hope blanked Wakefield 3-0 in a N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer first-round playoff match Wednesday.
The home field win didn’t come easily at first for the Falcons (14-4-3) as the Wolverines (10-10-2) did a solid job of halting the other’s attack for the opening 30 minutes of play.
Kyle Ward finally broke through, knocking in a rebound off teammate Montana Crowder’s shot for a 1-0 Green Hope lead.
The Falcons took over play after intermission as Marcus Maier deked the keeper out of the goal with a few nifty fakes and slipped a pass to a wide open Crowder. The senior midfielder then calmly deposited a shot into a wide open net at the 23-minute mark.
Crowder said he’s confident in his play as well as his teammates.
“We’ve really come together this season, it feels like we’re going to go all the way,” Crowder said.
The Falcons certainly finished off Wakefield, with Brad Trexler scoring off a Ward feed with 6:13 left for the final margin.
Green Hope coach Chip Bunn credited shorter, crisper passes in the second half for enabling his team to win.
“We tried to limit our touch in ball possession,” Bunn said. “And that got us going.”
Wakefield coach C.J. Komons attributed his team’s inability to break through the Falcons last line of defense for its lack of scoring opportunities.
“We didn’t create a lot in the attacking third of the field,” Komons said. “This was a season of ups and downs.”