No. 20 Patriots get 2-0 win on Sophomore Night

October 19, 2015

BY CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College men’s soccer team honored their sophomores during halftime of Saturday’s game against USC-Salkehatchie, and in the second half those sophomores were on full display as the Patriots won 2-0 on the final home game of the season.

The teams were knotted 0-0 at halftime, despite Patrick Henry having several chances in the first half to take a lead. They had nine shots in the first half, with USC-S goalie making five saves. James Lee had a shot go wide and another saved by the diving USC-S goalie, and Elias Tamburini hit a shot so hard it hit the goalie and knocked him down.

The Patriots had three shots in the final minute of the half, but couldn’t crack the scoreboard. They did, however, keep that offensive momentum going into the second half.

With 32 minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Elias Tamburini got a pass at midfield from sophomore Miguel Parra. Tamburini then passed a missile across the field to Christian Resendez, who put it in goal past the diving goalie.

Seven minutes later Tamburini was tripped in the box, and easily put his penalty kick in the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

The Patriots had 11 shots in the second half, but even with those missed chances head coach Enda Crehan knew his squad would eventually find the net.

“Just couldn’t put the ball in. He’s a very good goal keeper though. Just chances, we knew it was going to come we just had to be patient and go from there but I’m glad we got the win,” Crehan said. “We didn’t concede any goals, we got some guys lots of minutes and that’s important for us.”

Patrick Henry honored sophomores Parra, Tamburini, Lee, Connor O’Dwyer, Ezra Carnes, Carlos Sifuentes, Trinity Kaseke, Osman O’Sillah, and Irvin Hernandez during halftime. For what could possibly be their final game at Smith River Sports Complex, Crehan said they went out with a bang.

“Hopefully they’ll have one more game here in the playoffs but last regular season game here I thought they were fantastic. We got guys plenty of time,” Crehan said. “I thought Connor O’Dwyer was fantastic tonight. Thought Miguel was brilliant. Just happy for everybody and just glad we didn’t concede a goal.

The Patriots recently cracked the national rankings at No. 20, and will travel to take on Louisburg, the No. 1 team in the country on Tuesday. Crehan said if they keep playing like they did on Saturday that momentum should carry them far into the postseason.

“We definitely showed tonight why we’re the top 20 teams in the country,” Crehan said.

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