Rivalry Week Begins With Hatteras

The community of Hatteras Island was devastated by Hurricane Dorian as the backside of the storm sent the waters of the Pamlico Sound rushing back, flooding the island while the strong winds wreaked havoc as well. Even though Cape Hatteras Secondary School was damaged in the storm, Hatteras students were back in school on Monday, September 16th and ready to take on the Manteo Redskins. The phrase, “Hatteras Strong” would be an understatement when describing the residents of Hatteras Island.

The original Dare County Derby always stirs up strong emotions for both sides, making for a physical and hard-fought game at all times. Manteo entered the game with a 1-3 record. The Redskins were eager to get back to winning ways and make a statement with their style of play, a win, and a clean sheet.

Manteo kicked-off the game and looked to work the ball down the right flank with freshman, Trent Hayman. Hayman worked the ball down outside the box before losing it momentarily. Manteo captain and midfielder, Carter Calvio shifted over to help win the ball back from the Hatteras outside-back. Calvio muscled the defender off the ball, turned the corner while dancing the ball down the end line, cutting back past the second defender and firing off a shot into the top left corner of the goal. Hatteras was stunned as Manteo took the early lead just 27 seconds into the game. Calvio seemed absolutely determined to make a big play early on and give his team a positive early start.

The early start energized the home side, and Manteo began to comfortably control the game with midfield possession and combination play to get the ball wide to be crossed in. Hatteras sat back in a defensive shape to negate Manteo’s attack as best they could. Leaving only one striker up the pitch allowed Manteo to send their outside backs on overlapping runs down the flanks and create overloads.

Manteo remained patient and disciplined in their possession-based approach, often dropping it back along their backline to draw Hatteras’s formation away from the goal.

Fifteen minutes into the first half, Manteo’s patience would pay off. The possession began with a throw-in from Pearce Gregory to Brayan Hernandez-Ramirez. Hernandez-Ramirez used a back-heel flick to pass the ball over to Manteo striker, Andrew Hayman. Hayman looked to play Hernandez-Ramirez into the box on a short diagonal ball, but it was deflected by a defender. Hayman and Hernandez-Ramirez worked together to quickly win the ball back and then Hernandez-Ramirez squared the ball into the top center of the 18-yard box to Calvio. With defenders all around, Calvio took a quick first touch to set his shot up and an even quicker second touch in the form of a shot. His shot was struck well with the quick trigger and curled into the top, right corner of the goal past the outstretched hands of the keeper.

With confidence in their early 2-0 lead, Manteo continued to roll. Deep down the right flank, Calvio, Zafra and Hayman formed an overload triangle as Calvio calmly stood over the ball amidst surrounding defenders. Hayman was providing a drop pass out wide, but his passing window was cut off by a defender. Hayman relocated into open space, cutting inside towards the goal. Calvio found him on the diagonal pass. Hayman took a collecting touch towards the near post, and unleased a shot with lots of movement on it. It was directed right towards the keeper who got two hands on it, but the shot had too much power for the keeper to handle and the ball muscled its way into the back of the net.

The Manteo midfield focused on keeping Hatteras’s number 10 off the ball as much as possible to negate his quality distribution. The Manteo defense was stout throughout the game, especially in the first half, and shut down any attempts forward by the Hatteras offense.

Manteo finished the half strongly with a goal from the left midfielder, Aldo Herrera. Hernandez and Calvio fought hard for a bouncing ball in the 18-yard box. Calvio was taken down, but the ball squirted wide to Herrera. Herrera took a touch towards the near post and then crushed it over the shoulder of the keeper from the corner of the six-yard box. Manteo entered the half with a 4-0 lead.

The second half was marred by a bit of a skirmish between the two teams. Gregory made a deep overlapping run down the right flank and pushed the ball past a midfield defender as he continued to run down his own dribble. Hatteras’s number 10 came over to stop the run by lowering a shoulder into Gregory to knock him out of bounds and into the sideline assistant referee all while the ball was ten feet in front of them both. Gregory stood and walked to the offending player but was intercepted by a shove from a Hatteras defender. At this point, players rushed in to pull people back and separate the teams. The referees talked it out, issued a red card to both the Hatteras player that shoved Gregory and Gregory himself. No card was issued to number 10 for the initial shove out of bounds with the ball ten feet away.

Manteo seemed to lose a bit of focus after that point for a while as their style of play deteriorated to a more elementary approach. There were moments of brilliance in the second half though that led to two more goals and several near misses.

Included in the stand out moments of the second half were saves from the sophomore goalkeeper, Cody Weaver. Weaver had four saves throughout the game, three of which were high quality.

The Redskins earned their fifth goal of the evening with quality build-up play. The ball was inserted off a throw-in on the right side of the midfield. Trent Hayman dropped the ball back to the center-back, Yeifer Perez. Perez kept the switch as he squared the ball over to Alex Tovar in the left-back position. Tovar played forward down the line to Hernandez. Hernandez one touched the ball into Goetsch as he showed into space from the center midfield. Goetsch one touched the ball forward to the holding striker, Andrew Hayman, and Hayman one touched the ball back to Hernandez now running into space behind the line down the left flank. Hernandez chased the ball down into the box but was well defended by the right-back. He opted to drop the ball back to Hayman in support. Hayman crossed it into the box looking for Zafra on the far post. Zafra battled his defender for the ball in the air and was able to knock it down and backward to Calvio holding just inside the top of the box. Calvio struck it the first time with his left foot, low and hard. The ball clanked off the inside right post and across the goaline to cement his hat-trick on the evening.

Hernandez and Hayman would again combo down the left flank for Manteo’s sixth and final goal of the evening. As Hernandez received the ball tucked into the slot on the left, Hayman bumped out wide to receive a diagonal ball from Hernandez. Hernandez-Ramirez was now playing the center attacking midfield position and checked down space for Hayman. Hayman and Hernandez-Ramirez executed a one-two combination pass to allow Hayman in space behind the line to send a cross into the six-yard box. Hayman found Herrera awaiting his cross. Herrera headed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the evening.

The game ended in a 6-0 victory for your Manteo Redskins.

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Coach Cleaver stated after the game, “Overall, I thought we played well. We possessed the ball well and used combination passing to create opportunities in the final third. Calvio stepped up for us to give us a much needed early start. Herrera played a great game as well as he was speaking with volume and urgency while using proper instructions. Weaver stepped in goal for his first varsity start and did a great job back there. We had two great practices leading up to this game. We are starting to put things together and develop more chemistry in our style of play.”

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