At first glance, a low scoring game might seem lackluster or even boring, but last Thursday's Sussex Central-Smyrna soccer game was anything but dull.
In the early going, both teams moved the ball well and both had several scoring opportunities. Both the Sussex central goal keeper and the Smyrna keeper were kept fairly busy, but neither team was able to score until the Golden Knights' Walter Perez found the range at the nine-minute mark to give Central a 1-0 lead. Perez was assisted on a nice feed from Jimmy Roblero.
"Coming into this game, we were looking to possess (the ball) more through the midfield. But we had to bring back a striker (Walter Perez), to gain control," said Knights' coach Patrick Kilby, "We also changed out formation from a 4-2-2 to a 4-5-1, and it really helped and we started to gain control through the midfield."
As play continued to pick up in intensity, Smyrna employed a physical style, and began to have more chances, but they were unable to capitalize until Adolphus Crawford slipped past the Sussex Central defense to score the equalizer in the 25th minute.
In the second half, Central came out with a finesse style of play and began to take over the momentum. The Knights had several good scoring opportunities around the 50th minute, but Smyrna's defense held. The Eagles then rallied midway through the second half with several good scoring opportunities of their own, but could not grasp the lead.
In the 55th minute, Roblero set up Stanley Anderson for the go-ahead goal, which also proved to be the game winner for the Golden Knights.
Smyrna coach Rich Gesner said he was proud of the way his team's effort against Sussex Central.
The 5-6 Knights next games are Tuesday at home against Indian River at 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday at Caesar Rodney at 7 p.m.
The Eagles will host their next two games. On Tuesday they play against Milford, and on Thursday they take on Cape Henlopen. Both games start at 7 p.m.