Fast finish: Govs drop S-D with second-half spurt
By Austin Bornheim | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It took time for the William Blount soccer team to warm up in wet, muddy conditions Friday night, but when it did the Governors were on fire.
Trailing 1-0 for the majority of the match, the Governors scored three goals in a five minute span to stun South-Doyle High School, 3-2.
“I’m proud of the way our boys fought and turned their intensity up in the second half,” William Blount head coach Jim Millsaps said.
William Blount (3-2) trailed for most of the first half, but rallied during halftime.
“Halftime was a real wakeup call for us,” William Blount striker Kyle Albert said. “We had to switch up our lineup a little from what we started with, but overall we had a really fast team coming out and we were able to find their weakness.”
The Governors pressured the Cherokees the majority of the second half and finally broke through in the 67th minute on an Albert goal.
Albert caught a low cross from Michael Fields, took a setup dribble and drilled the ball into the back of the net to tie the game at one apiece.
“Kyle was big for us and was able to breakthrough for us finally,” Millsaps said.
Four minutes later Fields found a small window around a defender to squeeze the ball past an extended keeper to take the 2-1 lead, and the scoring would continue.
Barely a minute later, Albert netted his second goal of the evening when he cleaned up another cross with a strong header.
“I don’t think those goals would have been possible without amazing crosses from Michael (Fields) and (Jordan) Dooley,” Albert said. “Happy I was able to make something happen with them.”
Down by two goals with 18 minutes left in regulation, South-Doyle (4-7) went on the offensive in hopes of evening the scoreboard.
The Cherokees’ climbed within one at the 76th minute, but were never able to net the equalizer.
“It was too little too late,” South-Doyle head coach Patrick Maclemore said. “We needed to keep attacking the whole game so we have more opportunities like that throughout the game so we aren’t waiting till the final 10 minutes.”
Millsaps was pleased with his team’s second half production, but would like to see the team start as strong as it finished.
“The way they played in the second half is the way that we should have been playing the first,” Millsaps said. “It’s stressful when we do that, but still just happy to come away with the win.”
South-Doyle was bottled up on its side of the field the majority of the second half and Maclemore would like to see his team stay the aggressor.
“We need to attack a little more, we don’t want to sit back like we did,” he said.
“We need to play the game still because we would like to be able to build on our lead so teams can’t come back late like that.”