Flood Of Goals Sinks The Pirates

Trying to get ahead of the storm, Manteo moved their game with Perquimans from Thursday to Tuesday, the 9th of October. In their previous encounter in the town of Hertford, Manteo ended the game in the middle of the second half by racking up their ninth goal while holding Perquimans scoreless.

Manteo seemed to not expect much of a fight as they came out playing slowly and simply going through the motions. They dominated possession on their offensive side of the pitch, but the focus in the final third was not there and lacked creativity and aggressiveness.

Fifteen minutes into the first half, Manteo seemed to get on the scoreboard off a beautiful one-two combo pass, but Hernandez was offside prior to the finish.

Five minutes later, Hernandez would make it count as Noah Goetsch sent a corner kick across the box. Hernandez collected it near the top of the box, just outside the far post. His first touch was top notch to settle it nicely, take a second touch around the pressing defender, and then riffled it past the keeper.

Minutes later, the Redskins would keep the scoring momentum going as the deadly Hernandez-Taylor midfield combination would strike again as they have some many times this year. Hernandez found Taylor back peddling the Perquimans center-back to the top of the box. Taylor collected with his back to goal, turned to face, cut inside to his left, pulled it back to the right, and then once more back inside to his left. He struck it well with his left foot as the shot split two defenders and found the back of the net.

Manteo would huddle up after that goal to discuss their lack of intensity and focus. From then on, the goals poured in.

The Redskins racked up six more goals in the final ten minutes of the first half to make it 8-0 at halftime.

Zafra raced down the left flank, torching several defenders before turning the corner to goal and placing it calmly past the keeper. Carter Calvio scored off a  beautiful half-volley from a corner kick. Hernandez scored his second by making a deep run out of the midfield in which he was played through the line by Taylor and finished nicely on the near post. Hernandez then set up Zafra off a wall pass, playing Zafra behind the line for another easy finish. Calvio scored his second goal of the evening by tracking and crashing hard on a cross from Hayman. Calvio headed it into the back of the net. Hayman finished off the half as the clock ran under ten seconds by roofing one over the keeper’s outstretched hand to make it 8-0.

To start the second half, the Redskins line up looked quite different. They lined up with all of their younger players, several of which came up from the JV team. Pearce Gregory and Irving Chavarria filled in on the backline. Steven Ortega took over the keeper position for the Redskins while his brother, Justin, took the holding midfield spot. Richard Hernandez took the left wing spot with Brayan Hernandez on the right and Bryson Casey took the center forward position in hopes of getting a birthday goal.

The new line up continued to dominate the game and control the ball about the midfield while winning several attempts on goal.  Casey had two good looks on goal, but the keeper would not be so kind as to give him a birthday present. Casey would, however, end the game early with his assist to Justin Ortega. Brayan Hernandez played a low ball in from the right wing. Casey tracked it into the box and bodied the ball down to an overlapping Ortega. Ortega quickly one-touched it into the back of the net. The game would end with thirty minutes left on the clock as the score was now 9-0.

In 50 minutes of play, the Redskins had 6 corner kicks, 19 total shots of which 10 were on target. Seven of the nine goals were assisted.

Coach Cleaver stated after the game, “We need to really up our mental focus and get off the mark much quicker. These slow starts will not suit us well in the future. We have lofty goals to accomplish and we need to be focused every single minute we are on the pitch be it practice or a game.”

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