Sharpe's four goals lead Northern over Southern

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 01:02 AM

The kickball days are over.

Northern Vance continued to showcase an upgraded brand of soccer Tuesday in an 8-3 win at Southern Vance.

Senior Joseph Sharpe scored four goals for the Vikings (3-0-1), who are off to a solid start.

Sharpe said Northern is playing a more possession-oriented style, an improvement from his freshman season.

“The first year we started playing kickball,” said Sharpe. “Pass the ball back. Someone got it at the back, kick it and we run for it. We’ve developed a lot. We understand that if we pass the ball, we look better and obviously play better.”

Sharpe had a hat trick by halftime Tuesday and Northern led 6-0.

Northern’s Irving Cheluca, Jonathan Byrom and Robert Depo each added goals in the first half.

Southern head coach Eric Faucette said he thought his team expected to have tighter control on the game after a season-opening win over J.F. Webb last week.

“It just didn’t happen when you have a team that wants to come out here every single year and beat you,” said Faucette. “They definitely had more fire than we did tonight. That’s for sure.”

Midfielder Kevin Lopez scored all three for the Raiders (1-1-0), who got within four goals with about 13 minutes to play before Sharpe added the game’s final goal.

Southern goalkeeper Jose Monroy finished with 11 saves, several of which came in impressive fashion in the second half. Northern goalie Thomas Knight had five stops.

“I couldn’t ask of him to do any better,” Faucette said of Monroy.

Cheluca added his second goal in the second half for Northern.

“I think we started the game pretty good,” said Vikings’ head coach Razvan Tegean. “I don’t care who I am playing. I just want to keep up the same intensity level, teamwork, effort. If we want to get ready for our conference, we can’t afford to relax.”

Sharpe said Northern is shooting for not only a return to the state playoffs after missing out last season, but at least a top-three finish in the 3-A Big Eight Conference.

The Vikings start league play Monday at home against Cedar Ridge and face East Surry Saturday in a WakeMed Soccer Park event.

Southern was back in action Wednesday against Louisburg.

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