PHCC men ride scoring spree to beat Cape Fear

October 16, 2014

By Martinsville BULLETIN STAFF KDW22990

If the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s soccer team didn’t intend to send a message to the rest of Region X with the conference playoffs looming, it still did so by the end of 90 minutes Tuesday.

The Patriots scored three times during the opening 30 minutes on their way to a 5-0 win over Cape Fear Community College (N.C.) at the Smith River Sports Complex. Bassett High School graduate Daniel Maldonado scored twice for his team-leading 16th goal of the season and Mauricio Moreno added a goal and an assist.
PHCC first-year head coach Enda Crehan said his team had produced similar starts to matches, but it hadn’t had the goals to show for it.
Crehan admitted a 5-0 win was a statement game for PHCC.
“Teams are looking at us and we want to keep improving. The guys want to get better and keep pushing … We work hard and I don’t know how far we’ve come or where we’re going, we just work hard. I want a program that wants to win and compete.”
Magna Vista High School graduate Francisco Garcia opened the scoring in the ninth minute as he slotted home a close-range shot on the right side of the six-yard box on a Moreno assist. Five minutes later, Garcia nearly had a second goal from the left side of the 6 but had the shot blocked by a defender on the line.
PHCC had seven shots inside the first 15 minutes of the match.
“Coach tells us to go into the game with everything, and we need to always start with that kind of intensity,” Garcia said.
The big blow came midway through the opening half when Maldonado and Moreno pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 21st and 28th minutes.
Midfielder Sami Tittanen first got Maldonado the ball in space with a lofted pass over the Cape Fear back line. Maldonado ran onto the ball and flicked a shot over the keeper who came off his back line.
Seven minutes later, the Patriots beat the Sea Devils’ defense again over the top as Moreno juked a defender 1-on-1 on the edge of the penalty box before blasting a shot past the keeper leaning the other way.
“We wanted to get the ball in spaces with our wingers really wide. We could then cut into their center backs and expose their defense,” Crehan said of the offensive strategy.
With a three-goal advantage at halftime, Crehan said he was able to sub in more players during the second half. That didn’t keep the shot total down, however, as the Patriots (13-3) added 11 more shots to the 12 they had in the first half. Fourteen total shots were on target.
Sydnor Trent made eight saves and Henry Reyes added another for the combined clean sheet. The Patriots play next on the road Friday against Frederick Community College (Md.).

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