Let it be known: Fuquay-Varina boys soccer coach Nic Acosta does not, in fact, have an 11-second scoring play. But the Bengals made it look like he did.
No sooner had Southeast Raleigh scored what was supposed to by the tying goal, a few quick passes sprung Fuquay-Varina’s Brandon Sylvester down the right flank, where he slotted in the game-winner with 58 seconds to go.
The Bulldogs (0-2) had just tied the game 11 seconds earlier on an Andy Chupin penalty kick after a foul in the box.
“After that PK, coach was quite mad at us for letting up. He had three of us run down to the corner and say ‘Make a play,” Sylvester said. “Colton (Laviska) played it off the kickoff to Steven (Sizemore), Steven put it in to Brayam (Mejia’s) feet and he laid it back off. (Andrew) Katz had a nick flick on and I had the easy job of putting it in the back of the net.”
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Sylvester also played a role in a late first-half goal, where he got behind the Southeast defense and drew Kurt Nyguen out of goal. He kept his composure on the touchline, sending a low cross along the ground where Jeron Foxx tapped in a goal with 58 seconds remaining.
They said it
“As a team you’ve got to focus, and I don’t think we focused after the goal, we kind of got lazy, got to celebrating,” Southeast coach Derek Teel said. “There’s no way they should’ve scored that goal. No way.”
Three who mattered
Sylvester, Fuquay-Varina: Made the right runs to help his team score both goals.
Alex Naylor, Fuquay-Varina: The center back had to be good in the air to head away Southeast’s crosses. He also had a last-ditch dispossession with two minutes left to save the lead for the time being.
Josue DeLeon, Southeast Raleigh: Midfielder showed creativity in trying to get the Bulldogs’ offense going.
The Bengals got behind Southeast defenders multiple times to keep the pressure on. It paid off with 53 seconds to go in regulation and 58 to go in the first half.
“Soccer’s a funny game like that,” Fuquay coach Nic Acosta said. “You do so many things right but we couldn’t find that final product to get through.”
Southeast’s midfielders showed flashes, but Teel thought they settled for the long cross or shot instead of taking a few more touches and getting into a dangerous area. Part of that comes with having just one senior on the roster.
“I didn’t want them playing a long ball, (I wanted) for us to have more of a build-up so we can score,” Teel said. “But they keep shooting long balls after long balls and 20-30 yard passes (with) only one person pushing up and they’ve got three backs.”