Bison slosh past Tigers, 3-2
A strong second half helped lift the High Point Central boys soccer team past visiting Ragsdale 3-2 on a rain-soaked Thursday night at the High Point Athletic Complex.
Scott Poston scored two goals while Carlos Murillo dished two assists to help the Bison (11-6, 3-5 Piedmont Triad 4A) overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit. Campbell Locke also had a goal, and Jack Crocker added an assist.
“We talked about urgency at halftime,” Central coach Kate Finch said. “First half, we sat back and were too nonchalant. We weren’t doing the simple things and were giving ball away. So, we went back to the fundamentals — marking up, playing to feet. And it was wet and slippery, so we talked about weighting our passes better.”
The Bison scored two goals in two minutes — one by Locke, one by Poston — midway through the second half to go ahead with 25:25 left. But the Tigers (5-11-3, 0-7-1 PTC), who got a first-half goal by Chris Kerr, tied it once again on Greyson Collins’ goal with 24:06 left.
Eight minutes later, however, Poston took a pass in the box from Murillo, who made a nice pass through the defense, and fired home a high, hard shot to give Central the go-ahead goal with 16:48 left. From there, the Bison defense held.
“In the second half, we put one of our players, Shep Byles, out wide right,” Poston said. “He, Carlos and I really connected well. ... I think (our speed) had a lot to do with it. A lot of the passes were straight balls that we had to run onto. So, yeah, that helped a lot.”
Daniel Kanakanui made six saves in goal for Ragsdale, which got assists from Julian Montoya and Ballard Greene, while Stephen Smith made 12 saves for Central. Both teams play again Tuesday, with the Bison visiting Glenn, and the Tigers hosting East Forsyth.
“We played hard — we’ve been playing hard all year,” Ragsdale coach Brien Braswell said. “We’ve been struggling, and it hasn’t been just this season. Although, this season we have turned a corner. We’ve been fighting hard. We’re normally a better second-half team, but I thought we played a lot better first half.”