HENDERSON — The Crossroads Christian soccer team got one more regular season game in on Tuesday before their first contest in the NCISAA 1A Playoffs on Friday, which was a decisive 4-1 victory over Bradford Academy.
Although head coach Holden Coghill did not believe Tuesday’s triumph was the cleanest of victories, he praised his players for putting together a great finish and is optimistic that the win will give CCS momentum for the postseason.
“I’m very happy with the result,” Coghill said. “It feels very good to get a win going into states. We made some adjustments offensively for the second half and my guys did a really good job of adhering to those adjustments and they executed greatly. Our goalkeeper Gage Edwards also put in his best game of the season, so I’m very proud of him as well.”
CCS attacked Bradford’s side of the field on multiple occasions, which enabled them to obtain several great looks at the net. CCS was unable to capitalize on those opportunities, which forced Coghill and his team to regroup for the second half.
CCS came out strong during the second half with senior Noah Puckett putting his team ahead 1-0 with 36:13 remaining in the game. Freshman Will Alston extended his team’s advantage to 2-0 only a few minutes later after he slipped a shot past the Bradford defense.
Bradford responded with a goal of their own with just over 24 minutes left on the game clock, but a costly own goal by Bradford that was credited to Alston put CCS back up by two goals. Bradford tried to trim down their deficit, but one last goal by junior Ryad Adcock put the game away and gave CCS a 4-1 win.
While Coghill was pleased that CCS managed to improve their overall record to 3-6 on the year, he affirmed that his team is still far from a finished product in regards to communication and discipline, but he addressed those issues with his players after the game in the form of running drills and hopes that everyone comes out strong during the NCISAA 1A Playoffs.
“I don’t like our communication,” Coghill said. “It’s been a point of emphasis that leads to offensive productivity and good defensive chemistry. At times, communication is lacking, and for us to close the huddle out and have a couple of guys talk over me while everyone is quiet on the field, I wasn’t OK with that. We want the best out of our players and I think they received the message properly.”
CCS will travel to Ahoskie to face off against an undefeated Ridgecroft program on Friday afternoon.