In Southern Wayne's coach Jeff Sullivan's first matchup as new coach, the Saints faced off against one of his former clubs in Spring Creek. Both clubs kicked off the match feeling each other out, the Gators scored one goal in the first half. It wasn't until the second half that the Gators began to separate themselves as the Saints couldn't capitalize on their opportunities spoiling Sullivan's first home match with a 4-0 loss to Spring Creek.
Spring Creek's Alex Morales-Carmona kicked off his career as a Gator in impressive fashion as the freshman opened up the scoring in yesterday's match in the 21st minute. "Having a freshman coming in and playing the way he did and not only play well but to get a goal is extremly impressive and he was definitely a standout for us," said coach Jeremy Houser.
Southern Wayne had a handful of opportunities but failed to capitalize on any. "We were unlucky tonight and we could not finish," said coach Jeff Sullivan via text message. "We had a few breakdowns allowing Spring Creek 18 opportunities on goal to our five. They possessed the game and we did not, you just can't win ball games that way," added Sullivan.
Spring Creek went on to score three times in the second half to secure the 4-0 win to open up the season 1-0. "My team has a lot of confidence right now but the important thing is for us to remain even keeled because getting too confident could come back and hurt us," said Houser.
Going into Thursday's matchup against Rosewood, Houser acknowledges that his team's offensive looked impressive but there are things he feels they need to clean up before their next match. "We didn't really finish well tonight, there was a bunch of opportunities that we missed because of technique or just timing so before we play Rosewood, we need to make sure that is on point and I think we should be fine if we do that," said Houser.
Both schools will return to action Thursday. Southern Wayne will travel to James Kenan for a match set to begin at 5 p.m. and Spring Creek will host Rosewood for a match set to begin at 5:30 p.m.