Warren County gets first taste of victory
Warren County senior goalkeeper Dontravious Harrison put his arm around his head coach Travis Packer following Thursday’s 3-0 win over KIPP Pride and told him he had just recorded the first clean sheet in Eagles’ history.
That one may be tough to verify. Nevertheless, it was Harrison’s first shutout and Warren County’s first win of the season in 18 tries.
“Just wow,” said Harrison, who led a raucous victory cheer in the Eagles’ postgame huddle.
“Everybody played together,” added Harrison. “Everybody played as a team. Everybody worked together.”
Sophomore Ishmael Labra and senior Ethan Frazier each scored and Tyler Wester also found the net on Warren County’s soggy field.
The wet, blustery conditions didn’t disrupt the home side’s creativity as Labra, Wester and Austin Bender each recorded assists, reversing a 3-1 loss in Gaston against the blue-clad Panthers earlier this season.
Warren County (1-1-16) did record a draw against Nash Central and took Southern Vance to overtime before falling.
“It feels really good,” Packer said of the win. “I’m really happy for the kids. This tastes really good for everybody involved at this point. It’s nice.”
Labra opened the scoring about midway through the first half, corralling a through-ball from Wester in the center of play before beating KIPP’s goalkeeper to the far post.
Warren County doubled its advantage in the 48th minute when Bender played a cross, from right to left across the penalty area, for Frazier, who knocked in the finish.
Wester and Labra combined on a give-and-go with about 11 minutes to play to put an exclamation point on the Eagles’ win.
It was a much different game than last month’s loss at KIPP.
‘We’ve gotten better over the year,” said Packer. “They’ve worked really hard to get better and it shows. We’re more organized and our defense is stronger. We’re more of a team and that’s really the difference.”
Warren County visits South Granville Monday and hosts Roanoke Rapids Wednesday before a rematch at Southern Oct. 21.
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