PHCC men’s soccer rolls past William Peace

September 3, 2013

By MARK THOMPSON  – Bulletin Sports Editor

Gasps were all that could be heard after Patrick Henry Community College’s Darian Martin sent his penalty kick wide left.1263898_627606473937642_876836673_o

PHCC head coach Scott Haywood said it was his first missed PK in two years. Lucas Prillaman turned and joked with Haywood, saying, “Coach, do I get my turn now?”

It’s a good day on the pitch for PHCC when all it had to worry about was a missed penalty kick, and Martin even got redemption, sinking a PK five minutes later. Dominating every aspect of the game, Patrick Henry Community College’s men’s soccer team cruised to a 12-1 win against NCAA Division III William Peace University on Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex.

“It’s a good win before a big region game tomorrow against Salkehatchie, so that’s good,” Haywood said

The Patriots (4-0) take on USC-Salkehatchie today, a team that clipped the Patriots 2-1 in early-season action last season. Haywood liked what he saw Friday in a warm-up game, of sorts, for Salkehatchie.

The Patriots got off to a pretty quick start, literally. Haywood subbed players in frequently and PHCC tried to out-sprint and out-hustle William Peace (0-1). It worked.

Patrick Henry got to nearly every 50/50 ball and dominated possession, holding it for roughly 70 percent of the match.

“If you can possess the ball 60-70 percent of the time during that game, then chances are, you’re going to win that game,” Haywood said.

Perhaps more impressive was that PHCC wasn’t sitting on its possession. The Patriots were actively pursuing goals, and it showed.

PHCC scored twice in the first four minutes. By the end of the first half, the Patriots had seven goals. Mandela Kafi netted a pair on simple rebound shots — being in the right place at the right time for a deflection.

In the 38th minute, Ambrose Lisowe sent a ball from deep on the left side into the box right over the shoulder of Daniel Maldonado. Maldonado caught it with his right foot, tapped it left to juke the charging WPU keeper and sent a left-footed shot into the net.

The Patriots were able to get behind WPU’s defense on a consistent basis, often times with crosses, for easy goals.

“If your midfielders can possess and own the middle part of the field, than what’s that going to do with the defenders? They’ve got to push up, and what’s that do? It leaves all this space behind them,” Haywood said. “That’s exactly what was going on. We talked through that when I pulled out that first group for subs. They were like, ‘All right, you’re right.’ They kind of get hungry. It’s like a shark attack frenzy.”

PHCC didn’t slow down much after halftime and had five second-half goals to show for it.

Bill Ison finished the game with two saves. Haywood put freshman Christian Dawson in the net midway through the second half to give him some game-time.

William Peace broke through in the 79th minute of play with a 35-yard shot from Brandon Page. It was WPU’s first game in school history because it’s a new program.

“It was a good play wide. We had a couple of quick passes and he just knew he was going to take that shot right as soon as he took that first touch,” WPU head coach Zane Hill said. “There was a lot of confidence.”

The shot crossed into the left upper-90.

Hill said his team improved in the second half and the goal gave WPU something to build on moving forward.

Outside of that score, the game was almost entirely controlled by PHCC.

The Patriots out-shot WPU 28-4 in the match.

Haywood hopes he can have a fraction of that success today against USC-Salkehatchie.

“(Today’s) a test. (Today) is a big test,” Haywood said. “We’ve got to show well just for ourselves. It doesn’t matter about the region or the country. We just have to do well to show ourselves in our conference.”


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