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Athens Drive shuts out Fuquay-Varina boys soccer

Athens Drive’s Quinn Garrett (10) holds off Fuquay's Brendon Jackson (22) and Kevin Gorman (14) while dribbling. The Athens Drive Jaguars boys' soccer team played at the Fuquay-Varina Bengals on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Athens Drive won the game 4-0.
Athens Drive’s Quinn Garrett (10) holds off Fuquay's Brendon Jackson (22) and Kevin Gorman (14) while dribbling. The Athens Drive Jaguars boys' soccer team played at the Fuquay-Varina Bengals on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Athens Drive won the game 4-0. newsobserver.com

The Athens Drive boys soccer team didn’t get many clean looks against host Fuquay-Varina on Wednesday, but it made them count.

Athens Drive won 4-0 in a contest where the team got only a handful of shots on goal.

Meanwhile, Fuquay-Varina (6-6-1, 2-4) had the lion’s share of shots – ones that had to be saved or blocked – but couldn’t find the finishing touch.

“This week we tried to emphasize finishing our chances,” first-year Athens coach Uriah Bentick said.

Athens Drive (6-5-1, 2-3) scored three times in the second half to put the game away.

With 7:58 to play, Brendan Weiss chested in a goal off a Jesus Sanchez free kick.

The Jaguars scored in the 47th minute as Javier Garibaldi broke through the back line to get off a rocket shot and again in the 51st minute on a long, curling shot from Jeff Lopez that sailed up and away and into the far side netting.

“It came from a good pass from my partner (David Tabert) and when I saw the goalie I took a shot. And thank God it went in,” Garibaldi said.

Athens had opened up the scoring thanks in part to the soggy conditions.

Daylong showers had already washed out several Southwest Wake Athletic Conference soccer matchups, but they couldn’t do the same damage on Fuquay-Varina’s sandy soil, and the pitch held up well in soggy conditions.

The players didn’t stay as dry, however, and first touches proved to be adventures of their own.

In the 19th minute, Fuquay-Varina (6-6-1, 2-4) defenders tried to clear away a dangerous cross that had landed in the box, but the ball slipped away from them before settling in front of Athens’ Nathan Foster, who scored.

“Playing in the rain is my favorite way to play soccer,” Lopez said. “It’s fun.”

The Bengals, in their first year under coach Nick Acosta, are at .500 on the year but have never scored more than two goals in a game. They have 15 goals total.

“The guys are working hard. We just need to find some people who can score some goals. If you look at our record, we’re not scoring enough goals,” Acosta said.

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