With his team trailing 1-0 at halftime, Corinth Holders soccer coach Brent Walston had a simple message for his team.
“Get the ball on goal,” Walston said. “You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
The Pirates players got the message.
Outshooting Wilson Fike 11-1 in the second 40 minutes, the Pirates scored the tying goal less than two minutes into the half and went on to win 3-1 in a nonconference battle of winning programs.
“You want to put pressure on a team in the second half,” Walston said. ”Three games in a row we have scored the first goal of the second half. We want to play high pressure and I think we did that more in the second half. We wanted to spread the ball a little bit and open things up.”
Corinth Holders improved to 4-2. Fike dropped to 6-3.
Fike was outshot just 4-3 in the first half.
“I was pretty satisfied with how we defended in the first half,” Fike coach Chris Mizelle said. “But we didn’t do a good job of marking runners and it came back to get us in the second half. They are a very experienced team and we are still a work in progress.”
They said it
“Three goals unanswered. I think any soccer coach will take that,” Walston said of his team’s second-half outburst.
Pirates senior Pedro Segundo scored the first of his two goals in the 42nd minutes, taking a pass from fellow senior Alan Landeros on the right side of the box and slamming it into the net. It tied the score at 1-1 and gave the Pirates the momentum in the second half.
“Alan made a standout play to get me the ball and all I had to do was stay composed and finish,” Segundo said.
Three who mattered
Segundo. He scored two straight goals in the second half to put the Pirates up 2-1. The second came in the 65th minute on a pass from Derek Kaple. “He’s a very creative player,” Fike coach Chris Mizelle said Segundo. “He is very good with both feet. He had good vision, keeps his head up and finds pockets to play in.”
Landeros. The defender was all over the field for the Pirates and seemed to always be in the right spot. “I think he won every ball that came within him,” Mizelle said. “He was very impressive.”
Fike’s Noel Ruiz. The senior scored the Fike goal on an assist from Preston Rhyne with three minutes left in the first half.
Corinth Holders and Fike meet again Sept. 17 in Wilson, with kickoff set at 7 p.m.