Corinth Holders got a solid victory over visiting Southern Nash on Wednesday night, and it was the very definition of a team effort.
Seven Pirates got onto the scoresheet and Christian Green and Jack Roberson combined for the shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Firebirds.
The win, following a strong 5-3 victory on Monday at Wilson Hunt — currently the No. 7 team in the state — improved the Pirates to 3-0 while Southern fell to 1-2.
“I was pleased with our defense,” Corinth Holders coach Brent Walston said. “You’re always pleased with a shutout. We’ve got a good group of seniors who have played together for years and know each other’s instincts. We did a good job tonight.”
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Southern Nash coach Kurt Bienias, whose team won two state playoff games last year before losing nine seniors, said the Pirates are definitely a team to be reckoned with this season.
“Corinth Holders is a great team that’s going to go far in the state playoffs,” Bienias said. “We had our turn last year. Corinth Holders just reloads and we’re still in the rebuilding area. But our effort was pretty good when it was all said and done.”
The Pirates dominated throughout, outshooting the visitors 13-2.
Still, they took a while to score.
The Pirates finally got on the board in the 20th minute, when Grant Austin’s cross from about 10 yards down the right end line hit goalie Jose Salazar and ricocheted into the goal.
“I took it to the corner after a great pass from Logan (Biethman), tried to cross it and it ended up hitting the goalie and going in,” said Austin, who has three goals in three games. “It was a beautiful mistake.”
And just two minutes later, Zach Blinson scored his third goal in as many games from the left side of the box with Biethman on the assist.
“I played it in, made a run through the defenders, the ball came back to me and I kind of chipped it over the goalie and it went in,” Blinson said.
Walston said the two quick goals seemed to jump-start his team’s offense.
“We were a little sloppy, but we settled down after the first 15-20 minutes,” Walston said. “We were all over the goal in the first half but just couldn’t crack it early. I think getting the two almost in succession allowed us to put the pedal down a little bit.
“Then I told them at halftime whichever team scored the first goal of the second half was going to get some great momentum out of it.”
That came in the 48th minute, on Dalton Parker’s rocket from the top of the box with Pedro Segundo on the helper. And Jackson Creech scored in the 55th minute on a fancy spin move in the box with Aaron Lopez on the assist.
Austin, Blinson and Creech had all recorded goals against Hunt on Monday, while Segundo and Creech each had a goal and an assist against the Warriors.
“We’re playing good,” Austin said. “We get a little shaky sometimes, but our chemistry is going very well. We have a lot of potential, and through practices and hard work we might be able to make a long run in the playoffs.”