Patriots’ men and women win easily on soccer field

September 13, 2015

By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both picked up wins Saturday against Wake Tech off of 4-goal efforts from sophomore Elias Tamburini and freshman Christine Harris. The men won 6-1 and the women won 6-3 at Smith River Sports Complex.

The men’s team, who was coming off of a 4-1 loss to Louisburg on Thursday, dominated from the get-go, scoring all three of their first half goals in the first 30 minutes. Tamburini scored twice, once off an assists from Ben Banaghan and again on a free kick from the top of the box. Cameron Emerson also had a goal in the half.

The second half was much the same as the first, as the Patriots matched their three goal output. Tamburini scored in the 12th and 15th minutes for his four goal total. Emerson scored again in the half, assisted by Miguel Parr.

The game was Tamburini’s first hat trick of the season, but he was quick to congratulate his teammates for helping him get goals so easily.

“We played good as a team and defended well and I got some opportunities and put them in,” Tamburini said. “I feel like I was better prepared for today’s game and I got some good services, good assists today. The midfield played well and it helped me out.”

Head coach Enda Crehan said he was happy to get all of his players in the game thanks to a sizable lead. Having his players come together as a team and defeat a solid Wake Tech team while playing well after a loss was something he thinks they needed.

“It was a great team performance overall. That’s the biggest thing. We’re growing as a team,” Crehan said.

“They’re a tough team as well, they’re no pushovers. They’ve pushed a lot of teams to overtime. So it’s a great win for us personally as a group and it’s great to get a home win and I think that’s good for us.”

“It’s tough to come here and play us. We’re fairly solid at this place,” he added.

Emerson had two goals and an assist. Banaghan had two assists. Parra and Ivan Hernandez had two assists each. Byron Lobo had four saves in goal.

In the women’s game, the Patriots fell in a hole early, when Wake Tech found the back of the net in the opening minute, and again eight minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.

But the game still had 80 minutes left, and Patrick Henry refused to lay down. After three missed shots, the Patriots finally cut into the lead when Harris dribbled past three defenders and scored with 21 minutes remaining in the first half. Three minutes later Harris found Camaro Cook, who scored the goal to tie it at 2-2. Patrick Henry scored two more times before the half. Harris scored a goal assisted by Tovin Saleh off of a free kick, and then Saleh scored a goal of her own assisted by Harris to give Patrick Henry a 4-2 halftime lead.

“Well we know we can come back. We found that out,” Patriots head coach Larry Wylie said. “I don’t know what happened today. We gave up the first goal in the first minute of the game and then we gave up the second goal and we were just not organized defensively. I don’t know what was going on. But we got it back and then once got the first goal then we rolled.”

Harris scored again on a penalty kick five minutes into the second half for the hat trick. She got her fourth and final goal with seven minutes remaining in the contest.

“It felt really good. We started playing as a team,” Harris said. “We just kept thinking zero-zero. Trying not to look at the scoreboard and focusing on making the right plays.”

The Patriots outshot Wake Tech 20-14 on the match. Goalie Taylor Horner had five saves in goal for Patrick Henry. The Patriots are 3-3 on the season.

“The signs are there. We started piecing it together,” Wylie said. “We seem to be getting back to our play, getting back to our team play. We just got to get off the individual touches. We’re over handling the ball just a touch. And we’ve got to pick our speed of play up just a touch. But if we do that I think we’re pretty good.”