’Betsy drops second-half hammer on Cosby Eagles9:54 am | March 21, 2012
The Elizabethton Cyclone soccer squad has made a habit of slow starts thus far, but they have also made a habit of second-half explosions. On Tuesday evening at Brown-Childress Stadium, the Cyclones (2-1 overall 1-0 region) scored four times in the second half and topped Region 1-AA foe Cosby 5-0.
Junior goalkeeper Luke Broyles stopped six shots and was aided by a back line that was consistently several steps faster than the Eagles player trying to attack the goal.
An early example came in the first half — with the score still 0-0 — as a shot off the foot of Cosby’s Drew Schreder was stopped by Broyles, but the wet ball eluded him and, for a moment, it looked as if Kyle Stanton had an open look at the goal.
Suddenly senior Will Arnold slipped in between Stanton and the goal and knocked the ball away, saving a potential early tally by the Eagles.
“I overestimated the ball on that one,” said Broyles. “It went to my inside, curved to my inside, and I got a good handle on it, but it slipped out. Luckily, Arnold was there to save it for me.”
In the 36th minute of the first half, senior Ashton Stevens gained possession in the midfield circle and sent a pass toward the Cosby goal that found the foot of fellow senior Rafael Teixeira, who put a shot past Cosby GK Robert Lehman.
Teixeira’s fourth goal of the season made it a 1-nil score and was the only tally of the first half.
“In the first half we knocked it around and sometimes forgot there was another team on the field,” said EHS head coach Bill McClay. “Our shots were not real good in the first half. We have to work on releasing the ball sooner and we always want the ball to find our most dangerous guy.”
In the second half the ball found Teixeira enough times for him to score his second consecutive hat trick — this one good for four goals — and sophomore Darion Simerly found the back of the net for the second straight game as well.
Teixeira scored in the 54th minute (assist by Stevens) and again in the 57th minute when the Eagles back line failed to clear a crowded goal box and he struck quickly for his hat trick.
Simerly scored next, in the 60th minute, with an assist from Teixeira, and Simerly returned the favor three minutes later on the final goal of the night for the Cyclones and Teixeira.
Teixeira now has seven goals in the last two games and eight total on the young season.
“Cosby had us on size, but we beat them to the ball every single time,” said Broyles. “We were definitely a step ahead of them. This was a good win, but were not going to let it go to our heads, we have a big one coming up against Greeneville this week, so we want to be ready as we can be for that.”
The defense for EHS played much better in the second half as well, negating many Cosby attempts at forming an attack by using speed and making shorter crisper passes and pushing the ball ahead at the appropriate times.
“We need to make sure we make the best decisions when we have the ball,” McClay said. “Some of the things we did was not necessarily the worst thing they could have done. But I want us to try to make the best thing happen for us at that moment all the time.
Will Arnold’s play was big in the first half. I didn’t want to have to chase the game by getting down a goal so that play really helped us.”
The Cyclones travel to Jonesborough for a game against David Crockett on Thursday and to Greeneville on Friday for a big regional contest.
Cosby 0 0 — 0
EHS 1 4 — 5
EHS—Teixeira (goal- assist, Stevens) 36:00
EHS—Teixeira (goal – assist Stevens) 54:00
EHS—Teixeira (goal – unassisted) 57:00
EHS—Simerly (goal – assist Teixeira) 60:00
EHS—Teixeira (goal – assist Simerly) 63:00
Shots on goal: EHS 8, Cosby 6. Yellow card: Cosby (Don-Salazar, 64:00.)