OCT. 2, 2013 —
In a rivalry game, you never really know what to expect.
The East Carter boys soccer team hosted rival West Carter in a 62nd District showdown. The Raiders needed a win to clinch the No. 1 seed in the tournament later this month.
East used five first half goals and solid defense to defeat West 6-2 in Grayson last Tuesday. Raiders Coach Billy Kemper was happy with the way his team played to win.
“We controlled the game in the first half like I wanted to,” Kemper said. “In the past few games, we were holding onto the ball too long so I told them to let the ball run. We’re standing still too much and we need to be in a faster pace, but we played a good game.”
East Carter (8-1-2) used a quick attack by their strikers, which allowed early goals. Evan Huddle scored a goal in the second minute, Darren Gifford scored in the 11th minute to make it 2-0 early.
With goals by Seth Marsh in the 19th minute and Ryan Walker in the 24th minute, East was in full control of the game at 4-0. Shawn Brown would get the team’s fifth goal just before halftime.
“East Carter is a good team,” said Troy Combs, West Carter assistant coach. “We felt like coming out we would have a better chance than we did earlier in the season (East beat West 6-1 back on Aug. 29). We made too many mistakes earlier in the game and the guys just got really down on themselves and gave them two goals. That is what hurt us the most.”
East Carter would get another goal out of Walker to tally their final goals for the game. West Carter (7-8-1) tried to come back with goals from Allen McClurg and Troy Brickles but could not get any closer.