Cary Academy’s boys soccer team came away with a big 4-3 win over Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference foe Wake Christian Tuesday night.
The Chargers (4-3-1, 1-0) scored first when Emilio Ochoa pounded home a bouncing lob, but the Bulldogs came back with two unanswered goals from senior Jeffery Tan and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
CA came out in the second half with better play, controlling the midfield and keeping the ball in its offensive third. The Chargers finished the night with 10 corners compared to just one for the Bulldogs (2-5-1, 0-2).
A constant barrage of lobs, through balls and passes into the box allowed the Chargers score three more goals, two of which came from forward Eddy Sherman.
They said it
“We really challenged our team to put a lot more dangerous balls in the box,” said Cary Academy coach Jeff Costa. “They’re very well organized in the back, so it wasn’t going to be your normal penetration. That’s why the dangerous balls, the diagonal balls in behind were so important.”
Sherman’s second goal was the game-winner, which is a clear turning point of the game, but it was also a backbreaker for Wake Christian.
A low cross from right of the box found its way near post. Wake Christian goalkeeper Ryan Helder dove and made the save but couldn’t corral the ball, and the ricochet landed at the foot of Sherman, who had rushed the net. Sherman promptly buried the ball in the back of the net.
Three who mattered
Eddy Sherman, Cary Academy: Both of Sherman’s goals in the second half came at big points in the game. The first tied the game 2-2, and his second was the eventual game winner.
“We were looking for forwards just to be predators in the box because we knew they were going to get a lot of chances with how we were playing,” Costa said.
Jeffrey Tan, Wake Christian: Tan scored the first and second goals of the match for the Bulldogs and looked like a mismatch for the Chargers back line. His first came off a long, bouncing lob, and Tan controlled the ball, juked a defender and knocked it home. After the game, Wake Christian coach Wayne Helder said his team didn’t get Tan the ball enough.
Enoch Kuan, Cary Academy: Kuan scored perhaps the most unceremonious goal of the night, but it was his strike that tied the game 3-3. In a one-goal win, every score matters, but more than that, Kuan played well in midfield. He set up some teammates with through balls and provided a steady force as a holding midfielder as well.
Wake Christian senior Mason Buffaloe’s goal was the top play of the night. From 25 yards out near the left corner of the box, Buffaloe rifled a shot toward goal. It deflected off a player and redirected into the net, stunning Chargers goalkeeper Sam Myer.
“We got a fortunate redirect, but that’s what happens when you put the ball on frame,” Helder said.