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Green Hope boys soccer shuts out Panther Creek, avenges only loss

Green Hope's Zach Curtis heads the ball during the soccer game against Panther Creek, which was played in Cary on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Green Hope won 4-0.
Green Hope's Zach Curtis heads the ball during the soccer game against Panther Creek, which was played in Cary on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Green Hope won 4-0. newsobserver.com

The “Fight for 55” rivalry had the element of revenge on Wednesday night. Green Hope’s boys soccer team avenged its only loss of the season with a 4-0 victory of down-the-road rival Panther Creek.

Camden Holbrook scored two goals and had an assist. Connor Munz and Jonah Murrane had the other goals.

GREEN HOPE

The Falcons (17-1, 10-1) stayed calm on the ball despite the rivalry atmosphere, which led to good execution. Green Hope has made a penchant of not just scoring goals, but highlight-reel-worthy ones.

“We practice a lot of game situations. I know a lot of coaches love these magic drills where it’s fun and everything but it doesn’t translate over to a game,” Corsbie said. “These kids play so much, so it’s not like any of these situations are their first time, and that helps with composure.”

Corsbie was most pleased with his team’s mentality.

“We talked about three things – discipline, effort and playing with a passion,” Corsbie said. “Panther Creek’s a solid squad so we had to be disciplined.”

PANTHER CREEK

The Catamounts (12-5, 10-3) may not be in the running for the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference title, but can still make lots of noise in the playoffs later this month. Much of this year’s improvement is due to having a full offseason for coach Chad Sichak and the team to work together.

Sichak was formally hired just days before last year’s tryouts, and the team had to coordinate its own offseason workouts. He credits senior leadership for taking initiative.

“They did really well getting organized this summer and trying to get rid of some of the issues that have plagued the team in previous years,” Sichak said.

Sichak wasn’t upset with the loss, likening it much to how PC won the first meeting.

“I think we played fine,” Sichak said. “They converted the scoring chances and opporutnites that they had, which we did last game (against them). It’s kind of a reversal of the last game we had.”

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

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