vs. Deerfield Academy
|Date:||September 16, 2017|
Green Pull Away Late
The Salisbury Road Warriors (a.k.a. Varsity Soccer) continued their early-season odyssey on Saturday with a trek to Deerfield, where the Green Door netted two late goals to pull away with a 4-1 win. The Knights came out strong, controlling play in the first half. “Uli Soto and Thomas Yegbor moved the ball well through the midfield,” Coach Walsh remarked later, “combining with Juan Villareal and Kyle Watson up top. Our backline sorted things out on the fly, as we started Diego Narvaez in the middle for the first time this year. Addi Teye-Botchway and Diego played well, along with newcomer Patrick McIntosh. Deerfield held strong, though, and packed it in, eventually scoring a counter-attack goal on a rebound that fell right to one of their players on the top of the 6.”
Despite trailing, 1-0, Salisbury finished the first half continuing to dominate time-of-possession but unable to crack the Deerfield defense, even with several good chances. The second half saw the Knights continue to push play before succumbing to fatigue. “We ran out of gas,” Walsh declared. “Our lines got stretched, and we were unable to track back enough. We tied the game in the 53rd minute on a beautifully hit dead ball from Thomas that hit the crossbar and ricocheted off the keeper’s hands into the goal.”
Salisbury’s momentum was, however, short-lived. Two minutes later, the Green put a long throw into the Salisbury box where an attacker drove it home. “We kept pushing,” Walsh remarked, “but DA were able to send two more into the net.”
Walsh reflected further on his team’s two opening losses. “We need to continue to work to get into match shape,” he observed, “and when there, we will be a force. Now that the backline has been established,” he continued, “we will finally be able to take steps forward knowing who fits where. A tough start for sure,” he acknowledged, “but with plenty of glimpses at future success.”Next in the sights for Salisbury will be Kent on Wednesday in a 3:00 start, hosted by the Lions.