Spartans catch fire against Colts
Crossroads Christian put forth a valiant effort Tuesday at Kerr-Vance, holding the Spartans scoreless for a half before the home side exploded for six in the second stanza of a shutout win.
Crossroads head coach Joshua Bogle said it was the best performance he’s seen out of his team in three years.
KVA head coach Devon Honeywell wanted to see more out of his team in the 6-0 win and is concerned about the Spartans (2-3-1) getting off to slow starts.
“When we play good teams, we’re going to get burned,” said Honeywell. “We still have a lot more work to do in terms of getting our technical and tactical aspect of the game up.”
Sam Fuquay found the net twice for KVA, which couldn’t cash in on an array of first-half opportunities.
The Spartans’ attack was more dynamic in the second and Crossroads, with 13 total players on its roster, finally cracked.
“You could definitely see it in the last 10 minutes of the first half even,” said Bogle. “We just kind of started falling apart a little bit. We weren’t getting to spots where we were supposed to be. We played the first 30 minutes purely on hustle, then it started waning after that.”
KVA’s James Averette pushed forward from central defense to break the deadlock in the 52nd minute. Averette, the team’s man of the match, intercepted a Colts’ pass in the center of play before smoking it into the back of the net from about 35 yards out.
“I always encourage my players to shoot,” said Honeywell. “You never know if you can score if you don’t shoot.”
Joseph Burnette scored 14 seconds later and Colin Pegram and Emil Bruce each added goals within 40 seconds of each other in the 57th and 58th. Bruce knocked in the rebound of a Burnette shot on goal.
Fuquay’s two goals came in the final 23 minutes of play.
Honeywell moved freshman Drew Griggs out wide in the second half. The Spartan coach said the switch paid off as KVA got behind the defense with more regularity.
“We finally started putting the passes together,” said Honeywell. “We were making the right runs at the right time. We were just a little bit more clinical.”
KVA goalkeeper Jordan Smith posted the clean sheet.
Bogle said he was pleased Tuesday with the play of Noah Carlson and Jonah McClelland.
The Colts’ coach said he’s seen progress in each of the team’s three losses.
“It’s just kind of trying to get better every single game we play,” said Bogle, “trying to keep the injuries at a minimum.”
Crossroads played its final non-conference match until the end of the regular season and the Colts visit Lee Christian Friday.
KVA hosts Cary Christian on Thursday.
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