West Stokes used a first half goal and held off the Cardinal’s flurry of attacks in the second half for a 1-0 victory against East Surry on Tuesday evening.
“Overall it was a very good win for us,” said Wildcats coach Andrew O’Neal. “Their size and speed made it difficult for us, but the guys played hard and the whole team committed to defending well.”
The Wildcats lone score came with seven minutes left in the first half when Jacob Doncescz’s 40-yard strike snuck in the top right corner of the goal.
“It was a perfect shot where they couldn’t defend it,” O’Neal said.
To begin the second half, East Surry played aggressive and attacked the Wildcats goal with two quick shots, but West Stokes goalie, Alex Puckett, stopped both of them to maintain the lead.
“Puckett was very good tonight,” O’Neal said. “He defended their set pieces and long throws as well as he could.”
Puckett and the Wildcats had to withstand another furry of shots with less than ten minutes in the game, but saves by the goalie and the defensive personal preserved the lead and eventually the win for West.
The Cats had ten shots on goal to the Cardinals 11. Puckett recorded nine saves and the defense guarded against three corner kicks and fought through eight fouls and three off-side penalties. East committed ten fouls in the contest and received three yellow cards and a red card.
The Wildcats improved their record to 2-2 in Western Piedmont Conference.
“We will have to defend well again as a team and continue to build on our possession to have a chance to beat McMichael next week,” voiced O’Neal. The Phoenix beat West Stokes 3-0 earlier in the season.
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