By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain scored a pair of goals midway through the second half to defeat Brevard 2-0 in Mountain Six Conference soccer action Oct. 23 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
“We felt we had to dominate them, and we did on paper,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “We just couldn’t finish. We scored two goals that got called back.”
The Mustangs (15-5-1, 7-1) took 22 shots and held the Blue Devils to two. SM’s Zeb Sink made two saves, and Brevard’s Hiatt Gafnea had six.
Dawson Karup broke a scoreless tie at the 60:40 mark with an assist from Billy Ramirez.
“It was a simple layoff from Billy to Dawson,” Brown said. “He shot to the far post past the keeper.”
Luis Palacios scored his first career goal at the 64:30 mark off of Ryan Waliezer’s assist.
“Ryan placed a nice ball into Luis,” Brown said. “He took a crack at it from about 25 yards out and the goalkeeper couldn’t handle it. That was a big insurance goal.”
Despite the Devils’ record (4-14-1, 1-7) this was the second close game the teams played this season. The Mustangs won in a shootout at Brevard.
“We don’t match up very well with Brevard for some reason,” Brown said.
The Mustang JVs are 12-3 after a 6-0 win. They led 4-0 at halftime.
Sam Hudson scored two goals, and Jose Ramos had two assists. Gabe Kinner converted a penalty kick. Other goals were by Zeke Sink, Kevin Valesquez and Caydon Gribble.
SM held a 16-8 advantage in shots. Carson Seagraves made three saves, and Nathan Porter had one.
“We had worked on finding a way to manufacture goals,” Coach Jonathan Parsons said. “We scored from through balls, crosses and corner kicks. The guys really took it to heart. Their effort in practice reaped rewards.”