The Smyrna High School boys soccer team got off to a good start in the first week of the season with a 2-1 win over Lake Forest on Sept. 11 and a 2-2 tie against Woodbridge on Thursday.
Head coach Bill Schultz said he's relatively pleased with the performance of his team last week and for the most part the Eagles are doing pretty well.
"They have the support of each other and they're working hard," Shultz said. "Looking at the big picture, the team is doing well."
The Eagles won their home opener Sept. 11 at home 2-1 against Lake Forest. Smyrna senior Dane Teel scored the Eagles first goal at the 30-minute mark with an assist by Robbie McKeldin. Just three minutes later the Spartans bounced back with a goal of their own as Ryan Sipple scored a goal on an assist by Tyler Cauthren.
Five minutes later Smyrna's Adolphus Crawford scored the third and final goal of the game with an assist by Andrew Gilbert. With the score 2-1, the remainder of the game was a battle of the strongest defense.
Goalkeeper Jacob Stoner had four saves.
The Eagles also played in front of a home crowd Thursday against Woodbridge; the game ended in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead at the 8-minute mark in the second half on a goal by McKeldin and assisted by Dylan Keller. Smyrna kept the lead for some time, but Woodbridge tied it up 2-2 in the 34th minute. And that is all she wrote as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Schultz said the Eagles played fair on the defensive end in the game but the team let in one goal early in the game, which kept Woodbridge in the game longer than the Raiders should've been.
"We didn't finish scoring wise," he said.
The next couple of weeks could prove to be tough for the Eagles. Games against the likes of Sussex Tech, Cape Henlopen and then a three-game week to end September will prove to be a challenge.
To win a few of those games, Schultz said the team needs to avoid injuries and continue to be supportive of each other on the field as well as have each player taking care of their own responsibilities.
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