By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
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.
“We were trying to play a new system and I thought at times it worked well,” Combs said. “We definitely have to do a lot better at connecting passes. Our defensive effort we were solid and our goalkeepers don’t have a lot of experience, which led to some of their goals.”
If there was one thing that Kemper wants to improve it’s their efficiency on offense.
“The passes were okay and that’s something we still need to work on. Our touches need to get better,” Kemper said. “We run and play harder against some of the top teams so we need to be a little more consistent.”
East has won six of their last seven games, including a 3-1 win over Ashland this past Thursday.
“We want to compare ourselves to the big boys like Ashland, Russell and Rowan County,” Kemper said. “Those are the teams we want to battle and beat. We still have a ways to go.”
East Carter has games against St. Patrick at home on Tuesday and then will travel to Boyd County on Thursday. They will return home on Monday to host Russell.
West Carter traveled to Russell on Tuesday and will go to Menifee County tonight. They will finish the regular season next Tuesday at home against Rose Hill.
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