Shutout Win Over Currituck

On Thursday, October 24th, Manteo traveled to Currituck for their third game of the week. When the Redskins faced off against the Knights in their previous fixture, it was the second game of the season that went back and forth for most of the game before Currituck pulled away in the second half to win by a score of 4-2.

Manteo was eager for revenge and to stay on their current win streak after a slow start to the season. The Redskins and Knights always match up well against each other to make for an exciting game.

Manteo kicked off, but it was Currituck that was on the ball early. In the first five minutes of the half, Manteo struggled to obtain any real possession, yet they limited Currituck to mostly midfield passes. The Manteo backline was trying to quickly adjust to their new look for the evening, as they were missing their normal starting center-back, Yeifer Perez. Oscar Rivera filled in as the center-back, pairing with Brian Estrada-Tovar, while Pearce Gregory and Alex Tovar filled in as the outside backs. The backline and goalkeeper were comprised of three freshmen and two sophomores. The young defensive squad knew they had their work cut out for them, but they were up for the challenge all night long.

After taking five minutes to settle into the game and find their touch and pace, Manteo began to get on the ball more and more by using the maximum width of the wide field at Currituck. They looked to create overloads down the flanks when necessary, yet oftentimes throughout the fixture, Currituck defenders seemingly allowed the ball to be dribbled down the sideline, holding defenders centric to defend in front of the goal.

Manteo’s first couple of looks at the goal came from deep shots. Noah Goetsch’s first shot from 30 yards was off target while a following 30 yard shot from Carter Calvio required the goalkeeper to punch it over the crossbar.

Currituck’s first threatening opportunity on goal came after a well placed through ball was squeezed between the Manteo center-backs, sending their big striker into the box. Manteo goalkeeper, Cody Weaver, came out early to cut down the striker’s space and got enough on it as he slid towards the ball to keep the ball out of the net.

Midway through the first half, Manteo got on the board from a Calvio to Goetsch combination. Striker, Andrew Hayman began the play by making a diagonal run out wide on the left flank to receive a pass into the final attacking third. Hayman drew one defender that looked to contain him out wide. Hayman was patient on the ball, not looking to force it and waited for support to arrive. Calvio made a deep overlapping run past him as Hayman laid the ball off for Calvio. As the defender now pressed hard on Calvio looking to turn the corner, he sent a left-footed cross into the box, just outside of the six-yard box. Goetsch came crashing in towards the cross, beating several defenders to the ball while leaping in the air to volley it into the back of the net before the goalkeeper knew what happened.

Manteo earned several other opportunities on goal in the half but failed to capitalize. The Redskins entered the half with a 1-0 lead.

Manteo knew the Knights would look to heighten their attacking presence in the second half and they did just that, earning a majority of the possession of the ball. The Redskins looked to sit their box to box midfielder more with their holding midfielder to negate the Knight’s attacks up the middle.

The Manteo defense held strong through the first part of the second half, looking to distribute the ball wide and begin a counter-attack. During one of those counter-attacks down the right-wing, Calvio was dribbling the ball and was just about to enter the 18-yard box before the was taken down by the chasing defender. The ball was spotted just outside the 18-yard box, on the right side. While the Knights scrambled to mark-up in the box, Calvio curled a ball right to an awaiting Andrew Hayman, who headed the ball into the side netting to give Manteo a 2-0 lead.

The Knights really pressed the issue going forward in an effort to get a goal back and get back into the game. They were unlucky at times as they hit the post twice. Manteo sat back in an effort to keep the clean sheet and hold on for the win.

As the final whistle blew to conclude a hard-fought, physical game, Manteo held on to secure the 2-0 victory.

Team Stats
MHS
CCHS
Possession %
39.8%
60.2%
Attacking Transitions
44
45
Goals
2
0
Shots
9
15
Crosses
7
6
Corners
3
3
Free Kicks
16
14
Passes
114
245
Successful Passes
66
163
Pass Success Rate
58%
67%

Coach Cleaver stated after the game, “I couldn’t be more proud of our young team. Players stepped up at the end of a long, hard week to keep our win streak alive. Statistically speaking, this certainly was not a game we controlled, but we made the most of our chances and then did just enough to keep them out of the net. Our young backline worked their tails off tonight and they all deserve ‘player of the match’. Our team is finding our passion and heart at just the right time in the season as we continue to put things together.”

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