Smoky Mountain’s soccer team claimed a 4-0 non-conference soccer victory Aug. 27 at Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
“Being a boarding school they have kids from all over the globe,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “A lot of them are very talented individuals, but they are still trying to work together as a team. Once their chemistry starts to build, they will be difficult to beat. “I’m glad we caught them early.”
Caleb Handy got the scoring going in the 12th minute with an assist from goalkeeper Zeb Sink. The game was played on a field about 10 yards shorter than normal.
“We told Zeb to take advantage of that,” Brown said. “He did a great job of sending it down the field. The ball got in behind their defense. Caleb found it at his feet. He made a couple of touches and finished it off nicely.”
Cameron Macke made it 2-0 when he scored in the 21st minute with an assist from Dawson Karup.
“Dawson sent in a ball from about 35 yards out, and Cameron ended up with it just outside the box on the right,” Brown said. “He hit a shot that deflected off one of their players and redirected into the net.”
The lead was 3-0 at halftime following a goal by Billy Ramirez in the 28th minute.
“We got the ball near the goal line on the right side in the box,” the coach said. “Billy found it, took a touch and fought off a defender.”
Karup completed the scoring in the 57th minute with a shot from about 20 yards out.
“We sent a ball into the box that wasn’t cleared properly,” Brown said. “He took advantage and had a nice hard strike.”
The Mustangs dominated play with a 22-5 advantage in shots. Sink made one save, and teammate Tyler Potts had two. Cainan Yaskiewicz made five saves for the Indians.
“It was a good early season non-conference match,” Brown said. “I think our boys grew. We kept our heads on straight and talked with the scoreboard and didn’t talk to the other team.”