Athens Drive’s boys soccer team used the hot play of twins Brice and Cobi Moltzon to defeat visiting Heritage 6-4 Thursday evening.
Tied at 2-2 to start the second half, the Jags used a flurry of goals, four in nine minutes, to take a comfortable 6-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Senior Jordy Garibaldi got the scoring started for Athens Drive in the second half with a header off a corner kick by Pa-alieu Ann. Shortly after Garibaldi’s goal, Nathan Foster got into the action followed by two goals by Brice Moltzon. Four goals over a nine-minute span led to a deficit the Huskies could not overcome.
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They said it
“I like to think it was something I said, but we did make a few positional adjustments and that might have had something to do with it,” Athens Drive coach Jeff Nelson said. “Really, I think the guys were just fired up and ready to get started.”
“We’re just not competing over eighty minutes. We’re not as a team completely competing for the duration of the game,” said Huskies coach Scott Sloan. “If you look at high school soccer across the Triangle, I think every team is virtually the same this year. The teams that are making the difference are winning those 50-50 balls, going in hard for tackles, and just competing every single moment on the field.”
Three who mattered
Brice and Cobi Moltzon, Athens Drive: The twin brother duo was able to connect for two goals. The first connection came in the 29th minute in the first half with Brice assisting. The second was in the second half with Cobi returning the favor.
Logan Shytle, Heritage: The senior striker was able to keep his team in the game with his high level of offensive play. James Simpson was also able to get in on the scoring for the Huskies late in the game.
“He’s a great player. As a team we’ve got to start having players around him (Shytle) that are playing at a high level too,” said coach Sloan.
By the numbers
3: Logan Shytle scored three goals for Heritage, the senior also contributed with one assist.
2: Brice Moltzon led the Jags with two goals and chipped in two assists on the night.
9 minutes: The Jags scored four goals in nine minutes to start the second half to put the Huskies away.
2010: The last time Athens Drive scored at least six goals in a match was Oct. 11, 2010 in a 7-0 victory against Lee County.