Patriots fall to Louisburg

September 11, 2015

By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

The Louisburg Hurricanes came to Smith River Sports Complex Thursday for a match against Patrick Henry, and mistakes cost the Patriots, as they fell 4-1, bringing their record to 3-2 in Region X.

The Patriots played evenly with the Hurricanes for much of the first half. Goalkeeper Gabriel Martins saved a penalty kick 13 minutes into the game. However, penalties would be a big issue throughout the night, as Patrick Henry was charged with a second with eight minutes remaining in the first half, and Louisburg didn’t miss this time, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Louisburg scored two more unanswered goals in the seventh and 20th minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Patrick Henry got one back off a goal from Angel Bravo with 17 minutes remaining, but the Hurricanes put it away with another score two minutes later to take the 4-1 lead.

Of the Hurricanes three second half goals, two came off of dropped balls from Martins. Patriots head coach Enda Crehan said the penalty kick along with silly mistakes are what cost his team.

“Terrible penalty call and two mistakes from our goalkeeper. Can’t win like that,” Crehan said.

“I think we should have scored another goal and if we stop giving up the silly mistakes we’ll be fine. At this level, at any level, it’s not effective.”

Fouls were a big issue throughout the game, and Crehan said that Louisburg using fouls to slow the game down was tough for his team, as they didn’t do what they needed to counter and slow the Hurricanes offense.

Louisburg had many shot opportunities, taking 19 during the match. Martins had 11 saves in goal for the Patriots.

Ultimately, Crehan said this game came down to just bad luck, which they’ve been dealing with for a while. The Patriots had several players out with injuries, including sophomore captain James Lee.

“It’s just poor because we were coming into the game and that stuff happens,” Crehan said “Our luck has been like that. Same thing last weekend. Eventually the luck has to change, hopefully.”

Louisburg is one of the best teams in Region X, and 3-1 this season. Only one other team has netted a goal against them this season. Crehan said he is pleased with the way his team was able to break them down, and hopes his team can build on that going forward. Ultimately, he said, without the penalty kick, it’s a much different ball game.

And if Crehan has it his way, this won’t be the last time his team faces the Hurricanes.

“They’re a good team. I think we’re a good team. I think we’ll see them later on in the year. I’d love to be in the region final with them. We can definitely do it. There’s no doubt in my mind,” he said. “I think we need to just stay focused all the time and not give up any silliness and well be fine. I’m not worried. We’re growing everyday as a group.”

Patrick Henry’s overall record is 3-3 for the season. They’ll play at home on Saturday against Wake Tech at 2 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Harford Community College.

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