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Hoggard scored two goals in the final four minutes of the first half and went on to beat West Brunswick 3-0 in a conference match Sept. 9 at West.
The loss was the first of the season for the Trojans (6-1). The Vikings improved to 3-0-1.
“This was a tough game against the Trojans,” Hoggard coach John Teller said, “and they actually moved the ball better than we did.”
Teller said his team was lucky to have been playing a poor schedule until it met West, and that has given time for his starters and his reserves to play as a unit.
Hoggard’s defense has allowed one goal in four games, and their substitutes are even faster than the starting unit. The Vikings can go 22 players deep without a letdown, thanks to a lot of seniors with experience, and they peaked against West Brunswick.
That defense also contained the Trojans’ top scorer John Mendoza (10 goals, five assists). One Viking shadowed Mendoza and two others rushed to defend Mendoza whenever he got the ball. The Vikings know Mendoza well—he plays with several of them on a club team in the offseason—and he never got a good chance to score.
West goalkeeper Logan Tripp was tested early, making a diving save five minutes into the game.
With 23 minutes left, Tripp dived to the right post to stop a shot and then corralled the rebound before a Viking forward could attempt a shot.
The Vikings continued to pressure the West defense, and the Trojan defenders thwarted three other scoring chances. The first stop was by Brendan Powell halfway through the game first half. The second was by Chaz Earp, who headed from its target a shot toward an open net with about seven minutes left. The other defensive stop was by Joshua Cortes, who kicked aside a ball heading toward goal with about five minutes left.
But Hoggard broke through with four minutes left, and the Vikings scored again about one minute later.
Hoggard scored its final goal in the second half when a forward beat two defenders.
More great saves by Tripp and a swarming defense by Casey Leonard and Cortes saved the game from being a blowout.
“We are not staying within ourselves,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “We did not stick to the game plan, and that definitely hurt us.”
Smith watched video of the loss until 3 a.m. Wednesday, he said, and plans to have his team watch the video, too.
“I’m (amazed) how we stayed in the game as badly as we played,” he said.
Hoggard won the JV game 2-0. Austin Jenkins had 17 saves.
On Monday, the West Brunswick JV team traveled to White Oak and came away with a 2-1 victory.
“We played like a team,” coach Steve Nagy said, “and it showed tonight.”
White Oak scored in the first five minutes into the second half, “but our kids didn’t quit,” Nagy said.
Luis Aguilar scored both goals, the first in the 53rd minute and the second in the 60th minute.
Alex Humbert and Gavin McDuffie had the assists. Goalkeeper Austin Jenkins made eight saves, Nagy said.
WACCAMAW BEATS LELAND
The Waccamaw girls soccer team won its game 3-2 Sept. 11 against Leland Middle School.
Kacey Spiver scored her second goal of the game with 30 seconds left to pull the Eagles ahead 3-2. Somer Milliken also had a goal.
Coach Mark Deese said Meg Fletcher played an outstanding game as goalie and the rest of the team played with great energy.