Great season comes to an end.

October 31, 2014


By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Writer

For more than 60 minutes Thursday, the 17th-ranked Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) men’s soccer team kept the seventh-ranked Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Titans off the scoreboard.

But when given the chance to break the stalemate on a free kick in the 62nd minute, the Titans didn’t waste the opportunity.Ivan Magalhaes scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty box, helping EFSC advance to the Region X semifinals in Louisburg, N.C., with a 2-0 win at the Smith River Sports Complex. The loss ended the Patriots’ season at 15-5.Eastern Florida (12-2-1) had a shot cleared off the line and had a header hit the crossbar in the first half. So when Magalhaes scored just past the hour mark, Titans coach Oliver Twelvetrees said it was the perfect moment to break the draw. PHCC head coach Enda Crehan knew it would take something like the free kick to make the difference.“It was going to have to take something great, and it was a great free kick,” Crehan said. “They were going to have to break us with something like that. It was going to be a corner kick or free kick, because everything else we dealt with.”A failed clearance by the Patriots defense led to the free kick. After a Titans attacker was able to get around the left edge, he was fouled at the edge of the penalty box. Magalhaes ripped a shot to the upper right corner past PHCC goalkeeper Sydnor Trent. Trent got a finger tip on the shot, but couldn’t do more because of the shot’s speed and placement.“We have about three guys who work on those shots,” Twelvetrees said. “I was saying let Kyle (Carr) take it and then Ivan stepped up and put it in the top corner. It was like don’t listen to me I’m just a coach. I think he’s one of the best players in the country and a future professional.”Twelvetrees thought his team created quality chances in the first half but was unable to sneak anything through. Patriots defender Dan Eaton cleared a volley on goal by Justin Gavin in the seventh minute and then had an open header by Kyle Edmonds hit the crossbar in the 31st. Patrick Henry’s leading scorer, Daniel Maldonado, had a shot saved near right corner in the 26th minute, and he later missed on a chance from the left corner of the box.PHCC’s James Lee whipped a free kick into the box from the left side but couldn’t get the ball redirected on goal after it landed in a crowd of bodies. Francisco Garcia then had a clear shot from 10 yards out saved by EFSC keeper Jorge Madera, who was making his first start in three weeks after suffering an ankle sprain.“I think if we hit the net it would’ve been a different ending. We had to hit the net on either of those chances,” Crehan said.The Titans held a 13-3 shots advantage in the second half — 18-7 for the match — and had eight of them directed on goal. The final goal in the 86th minute by Clef Desir iced the match. The goal was scored after Desir and Trent collided in the air trying to make a play, allowing the ball to fall right to Desir on the ground and poking inside the left post.“I thought we stepped up our pressure in the second half,” Twelvetrees said. “We got a bit of brilliance from a brilliant player and that was maybe the difference in the game. We changed our system a little bit and I knew the goal would come if we kept playing hard.“We wanted to keep the play in their half of the field and I thought we were a little slow with our build up in the first half. When we upped the tempo, we created some opportunities and at the end of the day it was a fair result,” he added.Although the Patriots were shut out for only the second time this season, Crehan said he was encouraged with how his team competed this season and Thursday night. It was an unfavorable draw to open with a top 10 team in the first round of the playoffs, he said, but is looking to play more games like that next season. PHCC also will return 11 players and will have a full year of recruiting for 2015.“We’re going to be even better next season. We earned respect with a 15-5 record, a national ranking and I think we’re only going to get better,” he said. “I look for us to be a force next year in the Region X.”

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