East Bladen 4, East Columbus 4
rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 to tie East
Columbus 4-4 in non-conference men's soccer
action at Lake Waccamaw Wednesday night.
Colby Hester entered the game after East
Columbus had taken the 4-2 lead and "made an
instant change in the game" according to Eagle
Coach Jay Raynor. "Going with 2 forwards at this
point Colby was able to beat the outside back
and get in behind for numerous chances."
The first chance came on a foul right outside
the box that Hester quickly put in play and
chipped to Brooks McGill who volleyed the ball
into the back of the net. "That was a nice play
for Brooks and to convert the ball from such
good service from Colby was amazing," said Coach
Hester would score the tying
goal as he beat the outside back and cut into
the box and fired a hard low ball to the back
post. "There were several point blank chances
that we missed including a penalty kick with 2-4
minutes to go," continued Raynor. "We had a
chance to finish them off but we didn't."
East Columbus capitalized on a mistake by East
Bladen in an attempt to clear the ball in the
3rd minute. "We played a bad pass past our
centerback and they capitalized on it putting
the ball over Matt's (Massengill) head as he ran
up to try and clear the mistake," said Coach
Three minutes after the opening
goal the Eagles made a hard tackle in the box
and EC was awarded a penalty kick that hit under
the ball and down into the goal.
"Honestly, within those first few minutes we
were shell shocked," said Raynor. "We lost our
concentration and were not focused."
"After that I made some adjustments personnel
wise as well as formation wise," said Coach
Raynor. "We have been playing more defensively
and countering on teams which is how we will be
playing this season but after the game went to
2-0 there was no way we could continue to play
"After moving some
players around and going with a 4-3-3 look with
3 forwards allowed us to keep the pressure on
them," noted Raynor. "I'm thankful that we
worked on that formation with the travel squad
because it paid off today. The combination of
Tyler Polk, Brandon Tatum, and Brooks McGill
caused major issues for East Columbus and their
backline. We had multiple shots on goal from
The Eagles were awarded 2
penalty kicks from poor tackles in the box. Alex
Felder knocked in the first East Bladen goal,
and the second was fired in by Issac Monroe to
tie the game 2-2 at halftime.
Gators regained the lead on a disputed goal at
the 5-minute mark of the second half. The Eagle
defenders felt that the goal-scorer was offsides
by 5 yards and stopped on the play waiting for a
whistle. The whistle never came and the goal
counted. Another goal moments later put East
Columbus up 4-2.
"This was a good test
for us and for us to respond not once but twice
to get the game back is a good sign. Now we have
to figure how to start minimizing our mistakes,"
said Raynor. "In every game that we have played,
there has been a miscue or two that has really
changed the dynamics of the game."
Bladen, now 0-1-3, will host West Columbus today
at 5 p.m.