Raleigh Christian Academy traveled to North Raleigh and defeated cross-town rival Friendship Christian 3-1 on Thursday night. The Eagles (10-1, 9-1) were able keep constant pressure on the defending N.C. Christian School Association 2A champion Falcons’ defense and maintain possession for a majority of the game.
The Eagles came out strong and scored just thirty-six seconds into the match taking an early 1-0 lead.
“I wanted them to come out strong and work the ball around early,” said Eagles coach Dan Cavenaugh. “Ball movement and moving without the ball have been our focus. We did a good job of that tonight.”
Friendship Christian (6-8, 6-5) gained late first half momentum when sophomore Garrett Huskey tied things up for the Falcons off a direct kick from 30 yards out with 3:23 remaining.
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Raleigh Christian continued where they left off early in the second half. Ezequiel Torres and Jacob Camaya scored back-to-back goals within twenty-five seconds of each other early in the second half to seal the victory for the visiting Eagles.
“We are having a hard time playing a consistent eighty minutes of soccer,” said Friendship Christian coach Ric Nelson. “In both the first and second half, small mental letdowns cost us those early and quick goals.”
BY THE NUMBERS
36: Number of seconds it took the Eagles to score in the first half.
3: Total margin of victory in the two meetings this season between Friendship Christian and Raleigh Christian Academy. The Eagles beat the Falcons earlier in the season 2-1.
THEY SAID IT
Friendship coach Nelson: “We are trying to replace 10 of our 11 starters from last year. Direction, not perfection, has been our goal this year and we are just trying to improve and get better each game.”
RCA coach Cavenaugh: “We are not as good as our record indicates. We are trying to peak at just the right time heading into the playoffs and tonight I think we are starting that process.”
Friendship Christian: The Falcons finish the 2016 campaign with two road match ups, traveling to Fayetteville on Oct. 11 to face Berean Baptist Academy and to Graham on Oct. 18 to challenge Alamance Academy.
Raleigh Christian: The Eagles will try to revenge their only loss of the season with a home game versus Wilson Christian on Oct. 11.