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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 4, West Bladen 1

East Bladen’s Eagles scored four goals in the second half to overcome a 1-0 West Bladen lead and claim a 4-1 Four County Conference victory on Senior Night at West Thursday

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

West Bladen recognized seniors Anthony Sebastion, Felix Rebollar, Seth Britt, Christian Diego, Alex Vasquez, Ray Jones, Sergio Jimenez-Rojas, Osiel Munoz and Antonio Gonzalez-Lopez at halftime.

The teams were in a scoreless deadlock for the game’s first 33 minutes. Knight freshman Emerson Escobar split a pair of Eagle defenders and fired in a shot from 24 yards out to put West up 1-0 seven minutes before halftime.

Nine minutes into the second half Eagle senior Alex Felder sent a pass to sophmore Josue Guvera on the right baseline. Guvera fed a pass back to freshman Greyson Heustess who banged a shot past the goalie for the tying goal.

Nine minutes later East sophmore Kevin Nunoz played a long pass to Felder who received the ball in a scrum then popped a pass up and over to Guvera who took the ball out the air and kicked it in for a 2-1 East Bladen lead with 22 minutes remaining to play.

With seven minutes on the clock, Heustess was fouled in the box, and Felder drilled in the penalty kick for a 3-1 East lead.

With one minute left, Felder sent a pass ahead from midfield to Guvera on the right side at the top of the 18 yard line. Guvera cut past a defender , went left around the charging goalie and shuffled the ball into the left side of the goal.

Guvera led the Eagles with 2 goals and an assist. Felder finished with a goal and an assist, and Heustess had the other Eagle goal.

Escobar accounted for the only West goal.

The Eagles improved to 6-14 overall and 3-11 in Four County play. The Knights finished with a 4-16-2 overall record and 1-13 conference mark.

East Bladen will now await the posting of the NCHSAA play-off pairings Saturday to see if they receive a berth.

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