Raiders top Eagles again as season winds down
Warren County cut into Southern Vance’s two-goal advantage Monday about midway through the second half before the Raiders preserved a 3-1 win on a goal from Alfredo Rodriguez in the 65th minute.
Lorenzo Ortiz centered a cross in from the right side of play and the Eagles failed to clear the ball, leaving Rodriguez to knock in the finish.
Each team has one game left on its schedule and Southern secured its second victory of the season over Warren County. The first was a 3-2 win in extra time.
Two of the Raiders’ three wins have come against the coed Eagles, who have one victory on the season.
“They’re good games for us because we have about the same level of skill,” said Southern head coach Hector Orozco. “It’s a little more competitive.”
Warren County senior goalkeeper Dontravious Harrison turned in another stellar effort. The Eagle co-captain made an assortment of athletic saves including a pair of sprawling stops in the second half, one on a 45th-minute Ortiz breakaway and another in the 68th.
“We come in knowing that he’s back there and makes everything easier on us,” Warren County head coach Travis Packer said of Harrison. “He usually has between 20 and 30 saves in every game, which is a lot more than any other keeper I’ve seen. It’s really nice having him back there.”
Southern went up 2-0 in the first half on goals from Ortiz and Ahmed Alashmali, who had the assist on Ortiz’ goal.
Orozco said center midfielder Franco Ceniza was the man of the match and credited Malachi Glass with good defense.
“I think Franco is the best player this team has,” said Orozco. “He never gives in. Malachi is a great defender. He’s one of the most improved players that I’ve had. He’s been pretty good.”
Harrison’s co-captain, Ethan Frazier, got a goal back for Warren County in the 61st minute on an assist from Tyler Wester. Wester sent a high lob forward on the left near midfield before Frazier beat the charging Raider goalkeeper to the 50-50 ball, tapping a slow-roller across the goal line for the score.
Warren County, which has six girls in its regular rotation, also had a draw to accompany its lone win against KIPP Pride.
Packer said the inexperienced Eagles continue to become better soccer players.
“Any season when you lose 20 games is trying, but I’m pretty proud of the team for sticking together,” said Packer. “You could see even tonight after a disappointing loss, they’re still positive and care about each other. They’re still excited to play together.”
Warren County closes the season at Bunn Wednesday while Southern wraps up its 2013 campaign at home against Roanoke Rapids.
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