The Powdersville Patriots played their second regional game Thursday night earning an impressive 6-0 win over Pendleton to improve their overall record to 5-0 and 2-0 in Region play.
It only took three minutes for the Patriots to register their first goal when Thomas Drayton headed in a rebound after fellow Sophomore Colin Edwards rang the crossbar with a blast from twenty yards out.
The 1-0 score stood until the 18th minute when Junior Carter Pike whipped in a corner kick inside the box that was headed in by Sophomore Julien Freeman. Freeman’s close range header overpowered the helpless Bulldogs keeper as the Patriots took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Patriots offense did not let up in the second half. Carson Brannon scored Powdersville’s third goal on a tap in from five yards out. Brannon alertly pounded on a rebound that was mishandled by the Pendleton goalkeeper. The rebound came from a shot taken by fellow Junior Ivan Garza.
Five minutes later, Carter Pike intercepted the ball in traffic in the midfield. Pike beat two Pendleton players, before curling a perfectly weighted and timed pass around two Pendleton defenders to find striker Julien Freeman. Freeman expertly tucked the ball past the Bulldogs keeper who was charging out of his net.
Then, with less than 10 minutes to play, the Patriots’ possession completed fifteen passes in a row before Freshman cleverly played a ball that beat three Pendleton defensemen to find Ivan Garza at the edge of the box. Garza ably finished the pay, knocking the ball past a desperate Pendleton keeper who had little chance to stop Garza’s shot. The referee closest to the players’ bench complimented the effort, commenting that the goal was the prettiest build up of play that he had seen in a high school soccer match.
Julien Freeman scored the Patriots’ sixth and final goal to secure his second hat trick in as many games from another corner kick which was pinged in by Carter Pike. C. Pike’s command of the midfield and precision passing on set pieces helped him garner three helpers for his efforts on the night.
The Patriots resume play on Monday, March 16th, in a Regional contest at Seneca. Game time is 5:30 for JV and 7:00 for Varsity.