Michael Pasca’s persistence led to another tough loss for East Wake on Wednesday.
The Millbrook forward scored off a rebound with 11:47 remaining as the visiting Wildcats escaped with a 2-1 victory in the nonconference boys soccer match.
Robby Lange also scored a goal for Millbrook (1-1), which bounced back nicely from a 4-0 season-opening loss to Middle Creek on Aug. 19.
Pasca broke a 1-all tie when, after getting successive shots stuffed from close range by East Wake goalie Daniel Ibara, he corralled a loose ball off the second rebound and booted it into an open net for the game-winner.
Steven Jaurez-Reyes scored a goal for the Warriors (1-2), whose other loss came on a goal in the final minute in a 4-3 season-opening setback against Cary.
After an opening 15 minutes in which neither team mustered any significant scoring chances, Millbrook struck for the first goal when Lange received a through ball from teammate Wrenn Pallas on the left side and fired a shot past Ibara just inside the right post with 10:42 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats dominated much of the play the remainder of the match.
They said it
“After the (Middle Creek loss), we watched film and we did a two-hour session on figuring out what we needed to do in those pressure situations,” said Millbrook coach Matt Edwards. “We did much better pressing higher up the field, did a lot better making quicker decisions. We’re still shooting ourselves in the foot with some errors, we’re giving the ball a little bit more than I’d like. … but overall our guys did a lot better job getting up the field.”
“This is the second game where we’ve almost escaped with a tie, we would like to win but these teams are really strong,” said East Wake coach Michael Howes. “This was well-played on both sides, I thought Millbrook used their spacing very well. We could have won a few more balls than we did, and taken some better shots, but I’m proud of the boys.”
Three who mattered
Michael Pasca, Millbrook: In addition to netting the game-winner, Pasca also had a number of very good scoring opportunities, putting constant pressure on East Wake’s defense.
Wrenn Pallas, Millbrook: The senior midfielder did a nice job creating offensive chances against East Wake, controlling things in the middle and setting up Millbrook’s first goal.
Daniel Ibara, East Wake: The freshman keeper did his part with nine saves, several of them spectacular stops, in helping keep the Warriors in the match.
East Wake visits Broughton on Wednesday, the first of four straight road contests. Millbrook is scheduled to hosts A.C. Reynolds Saturday and start the week ahead with a match at Clayton on Tuesday.