Patriots Spank Virginia Western

August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

By DOUG POWELL – Bulletin Sports Writer1240066_627616357269987_839544778_n

Six different players scoring goals for the Patrick Henry Community College Patriots seemed to do the trick.

The team used solid offensive execution to account for 24 shots on goal and come away with a convincing 8-1 victory against Virginia Western Community College on Wednesday at the Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville.

PHCC came into the game overconfident, according to head coach Scott Haywood, after seeing that Virginia Western arrived to the game with just 11 players.

To put that into perspective, the Patriots have 32 players on their official roster. With the numbers favoring PHCC heavily, the team thought they were going to run away with the game.

But it was far from that, at least early in the game.

“Our minds weren’t in the game today,” Haywood said. “That’s a good team and to leave a good team in a game is dangerous.”

PHCC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Jose Damian and Daniel Maldonado.

The Patriots were trying to put the contest in cruise control, but a penalty kick opportunity let Virginia Western creep back into the game.

PHCC goalkeeper Bill Ison blocked the penalty kick shot back into play, but it was rebounded by Adam Wolf who snuck it in past the fallen Ison to cut the deficit in half and suddenly make the game interesting.

Twenty-five minutes of game action passed with the score still 2-1 in the Patriots favor. Multiple corner kicks were taken, and the Patriots dominated the time of possession with a surplus of chances to score but couldn’t find the back of the net.

But that changed when Jake Sharpe found Maldonado streaking on the right side to put the Patriots up 3-1.

Just as Maldonado did, Damian scored his second goal after Virginia Western goalkeeper Gray Watson could not hold onto possession of the ball after diving and saving a previous shot attempt.

Damian put the team up 4-1 as the game reached halftime.

“I did what I can and tried my best,” Damian said. “I put everything I can out on the field and I’m always looking for the back of the net.”

After playing “sluggish,” as Haywood put it in the first half, a more focused team took the field in the second half and executed to near perfection.

Using mostly backups to begin the half, the Patriots scored on their first three shots.

Oscar Ulloa, Uli Rios and Mandela Kafi found the net within a span of six minutes to all but put the game on ice as the second half was just getting started.

Francisco Garcia also scored the final goal in the 65th minute and was part of the non-starting group that provided plenty of scoring in the second half for Haywood.

“I can put any one player in at certain position and the skill doesn’t come down,” Haywood said. “In games like today where their mind is not in it, it helps me out. It helps me to find 11 players that are focused.”

Ison stayed relatively clean in the net for most of the day as Virginia Western could never maintain any consistent possession to have a chance to score.

“He’s always got our back, which is awesome,” Haywood said. “He likes easy days where he’s not having to make a lot of saves, like today, which is good.”

Ison did record two saves while a combination of Watson, Christian Thompson and Tyler Leonard for Virginia Western had 16 due to 24 shots on goal by the Patriots (17 in the first half).

The Patriots also finished with 13 corner kicks while Virginia Union did not manage one

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