KVA falls behind early in 5-1 loss

Sep. 16, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Kerr-Vance conceded a goal two and a half minutes into Monday’s match with Grace Christian of Raleigh and the visitors rolled on to a 5-1 Eastern Plains Independent Conference win.

David McCullen found the net twice for Grace in the first half, once on a header before tapping in a goal on a long pass forward from midfield to make it 3-0.

“We started a little slow which has been our problem all season,” said KVA head coach Devon Honeywell.

Honeywell said Grace compares favorably to league leaders Parrott Academy.

“These guys have been playing together for a while from what I hear,” Honeywell said of Grace. “They move the ball well. They play a lot of soccer. It shows — the way they move it with ease.”

KVA’s starting goalkeeper Jordan Smith missed the game with an injury.

“Really devastating blow for us to be honest,” said Honeywell. “We were hoping to put our best team on the field and it didn’t happen today. But that’s how it is. It’s soccer.”

Joseph Burnette scored the Spartans’ lone goal in the final 10 minutes of the match to make it 5-1.

Grace scored twice in just under three minutes in the second half to make it 5-0.

Sam Fuquay nailed the crossbar on a KVA free kick near the end of the first half and Burnette hit the woodwork on a second-half free kick.

KVA returns to action today at St. David’s.

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