Great Start.

September 1, 2015

By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College men’s soccer team may not have gotten off to the start of the season they would have liked, but they’ve made up for it with three wins in a row, including a 4-1 win over USC Lancaster Sunday at Smith River Sports Complex.

All three wins have come over conference opponents. On Wednesday the Patriots travelled to Wake Tech and came away with a 4-0 victory. They posted another shutout Saturday with a 3-0 win over Richard Bland. James Lee, Graham Holley and Chris Resendez each had a goal for the Patriots against Richard Bland, and they were assisted by Connor O’Dwyer, Elias Tamburini and David Osuji. Bayron Lobo had seven saves in goal.

It took a while for the Patriots to find the back of the net Sunday. They scored their first goal in the 43rd minute with a goal from Tamburini, assisted by Miguel Parra.

The second half was when the offense exploded for Patrick Henry. Sean Gwatidizo scored on an assists from Holley in the 48th minute. Holley found the back of the net himself a little over 15 minutes later on an assist from Ben Banaghan. Banaghan would share the wealth again, assisting on a goal by Corey Gaylor to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

Even though USC controlled the ball for a good portion of the match, the Patriots stingy defense never let them find the back of the net until there were just five minutes remaining in the contest. Gabriel Martins had four saves in goal for Patrick Henry.

Patrick Henry travelled to Georgia last week for their first two games, and struggled during the trip, losing 2-1 to Andrew College and 6-0 to Broward College. Head coach Enda Crehan said he was happy to see his team bounce back.

“We had two clean sheets, coming off of the trip to Georgia where it was a tough weekend with heat, for the first weekend I thought we responded really well with wins yesterday and today against two conference opponents,” Crehan said. “We had very solid performances, and there’s more to come from them.”

The Patriots advance to 3-0 in the conference, and 3-2 overall. They currently sit in first place in Region X, outscoring their conference opponents 11-1.

Tamburini is second in Region X with 3 goals and an assist this season. Banaghan’s three assists are tops in the Region. The Patriots’ goalie duo of Lobo and Martins are both in the top five in saves in Region X.

Sunday didn’t go as well for Patrick Henry’s women’s soccer team in the second half of the doubleheader, as they fell to USC Lancaster 4-0.

Patriots head coach Larry Wylie said he thinks his team underestimated the revamped USC.

“We just played flat the whole game. We didn’t have any emotion, any intensity,” Wylie said. “I think we thought they were going to roll over like last year, but they have a new coaching staff, and all new players… I think we played up the fact that they didn’t win a game last year, and they only scored one goal last year. We took them for granted, and came out with low intensity.”

The Patriots had a chance to get on the board early in the second half on a break away, but the shot went wide of the goal, and Wylie said his team couldn’t recover.

The loss came in the Patriots first game against a conference opponent. They’re 2-1 on the season, and 0-1 in Region X. Their 2-1 overall record is tied for the best in Region X with USC Lancaster.

The Patriots women’s soccer team will travel to Averett Friday night for a game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.