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Boys Soccer: East Bladen 6, South Columbus 0

TABOR CITY –Junior Garrett Melvin fired in the first 2 goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 6-0 Three Rivers Conference boys soccer victory over South Columbus.

In the 3rd minute of play, Melvin took a ball over the top of the backline from senior Jake Evans and turned it into a goal. In the 5th minute, Melvin was pulled down in the box after a similar pass and blasted in the penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.

“Garrett brought it tonight and was on fire to start the game,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “When he plays like that he is tough to be stopped. The team needs his energy and the play he brought tonight more consistently.”

Senior Gabe Barber ran down the right flank then tucked a shot past the keeper just inside the far post for a 3-0 lead. Junior Drew Sholar was pulled down in the box on a breakaway then drilled in the penalty kick for a 4-0 Eagle lead.

“Gabe controlled the midfield and did a great job of orchestrating our attack,” noted Raynor. Barber was credited with 2 assists for the winners.

Evans banged in a goal 4 minutes into the second half. “Jake dominated tonight and generated attack after attack for us,” stated Raynor.

Senior Jon Von Rupp worked his way onto the end of a free kick from junior Will Hester from 30 yards out. Rupp tapped the ball into the net for the final Eagle goal.

“Jackson (Bostic) had a solid game for us as did Jon,” said Raynor. “They both have adhered to their roles and are very consistent. Will had a solid night especially with his placement of his free kicks and his shots from distance. He’s a huge piece to what we do when he’s on his game.”

The Eagles outshot the Vikings 34-0. “Our backs (Freddy Wooten, Jay McKoy, Milton Estrada, Chase Starkloff and keeper Jacob Priest had great games tonight,” said Raynor. “They weren’t threatened but made sure to put out some attacks that had a chance to get into our attacking 1/3.”

Raynor added, “Angel (Martinez) and Xavier (McKoy) played some big minutes tonight. Both were instrumental on set pieces for us tonight. Getting Xavier in the game and utilizing his height was a plus.”

“The guys played well and moved the ball,” concluded Raynor. “We did a great job of utilizing the entire pitch tonight. We also started strong and faded some as far as intensity goes. Have to keep our intensity up and firing on all cylinders at all times.”

The Eagles remained undefeated at 9-0 in league play and are 10-3-1 overall. East Bladen will host East Columbus on Wednesday night.

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