Southeast Raleigh boys soccer team defeated Rolesville 4-1 Wednesday night in Greater Neuse River Conference play. The Bulldogs (3-2, 3-0) earned their third consecutive victory to stay atop the GNRC.
Rolesville (0-7-2, 0-3) got off to a fast start, Paul Okeke scored on a give-and-go with Santiago Romero to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Rolesville looked good early, putting pressure on Bulldogs in their defensive half. The Rams controlled the midfield and were able to get off several shots.
Late in the second half, Southeast decided it was time to return the favor and turn up the pressure offensively.
The Bulldogs used three goals in eight minutes to pull away and never looked back. Andy Chupin got the scoring started with a header. Anthony Andino, and Josua Deleon would add goals to give Southeast a 3-1 lead. Deleon would seal the deal for the Bulldogs’ scoring on a penalty kick.
“Both of them (Chupin and Andino) are our leading scorers, they’re strong players and play most of the game for us,” said Southeast coach Derek Teel. “They’re just technically sound and they know how to finish.”
With 13 minutes remaining in the first half, Southeast dialed up their defensive and offensive pressure in the midfield. All three shots they took in the eight-minute span found their way to the back of the net giving them a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish.
They said it
“We’ve got to be more consistent. There were certain stretches during that game where we looked really good,” said Rolesville coach James Overman. “I guess we got excited, I don’t know, but we stopped doing what we did in the first 13 minutes.”
“Well, I think we kind of took this team for granted,” said coach Teel. “We played them last year, and they have a young program, and I told the guys they almost beat West Johnston so it’s a close game and we have to come out strong. ...These guys (Southeast) are young so they’re still getting their feet under them.”
Three who mattered
Paul Okeke, Rolesville: The senior striker scored the only goal for the Rams, and displayed great effort battling for balls in his area.
Anthony Andino and Andy Chupin, Southeast: The Southeast duo was responsible for two goals. Andino assisted Chupin on his first half goal. The two also displayed nice touch when passing the ball in scoring range.
By the numbers
2: Southeast only allowed two shots on goal the entire night. Rolesville’s second shot on goal came with 40 seconds remaining in the second half.
3: The Bulldogs have won three consecutive Greater Neuse conference games.
8: After going much of the first half without much offense, Southeast scored three goals from the 13th minute to the 5th minute.