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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