After two draws and a victory, the Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘03 Explosion moved into first place in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association’s U17 Girls Second Division East.
The Explosion blitzed the Fayetteville Soccer Club Villareal Force 4-0 on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Gillette Soccer Complex, then battled host Sampson Soccer Club Clinton to a scoreless draw the following day. That left Wilson with a 4-1-2 mark and 14 points, a point ahead of Jacksonville Area Soccer Association Coastal Surge in the division standings. The Surge handed the Explosion its only loss back on Sept. 22.
Wilson, which tied North Carolina Football Club Red South 1-1 in Raleigh on Oct. 6, got unassisted goals from Jenna Batchelor and Taylor Smith in the first half of the win over FSC Villareal Force. Kaitlyn Swartzfager finished a pass from Layla Austin to push the lead to 3-0 before Mackenzie Tyson found the net in the 62nd minute for the final margin.
The Explosion posted an overwhelming 42-2 advantage in shots while Wilson goalkeeper Hannah Mosley recorded one save.
In the scoreless tie with Clinton, Explosion keeper Parker Barnes came up with nine saves. Wilson owned the shots advantage 28-9 but couldn’t get one in the net.
In the draw with NCFC Red South on Oct. 6, Batchelor scored in the 85th minute off the assist by Swartzfager. Barnes came up with three saves on four NCFC shots. The Red South goal came on a penalty kick.
Wilson took 16 shots.
The ‘03 Explosion is off until Sunday, Oct. 27, when it visits Wayne County United Soccer Club Orange at Bryan Multi-Sport Complex in Goldsboro.
‘06 EXPLOSION GIRLS
Mariah Polk’s goal from 20 yards with just 30 seconds left in the match lifted the WYSA ‘06 Explosion to a 1-0 victory against N.C. Fusion Elite ‘06 on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Gillette.
The win left the Explosion at 5-1-1 in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League’s Piedmont Conference and in third place with 16 points in the U14 Girls Premier Division. Charlotte Soccer Association South Elite is atop the standings with 21 points with Inter Atlanta FC Blues in second place, just two points ahead of the Explosion.
“This was a match of two evenly talented sides,” said WYSA head coach Thomas Goines. “It was one of those games that is truly fun to be a part of. Scoring in such dramatic fashion at the end of the game just put a cherry on top.”
The Explosion remained sharp with a pair of shutout wins against Coastal Development Soccer League teams Wilmington and and YRed on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Wilmington and Little River, South Carolina.
Polk scored twice and Natalie Capps added a goal in the first game, a 3-0 defeat of Wilmington Red. Polk had two more goals in the 6-0 defeat of YRed SC in the second game. Also scoring for Wilson were Sidney Graybeal, Charlotte Benson, Karys Wheeler and Brianna Little.
“This was unique challenge for the girls,” Goines said. “Having to play two away games on the same day and play on sites an hour away from each other. Not easy to manage physically or mentally. I am very proud of their ability to stay focused and win matches in style that could have been more challenging with less focus or energy.”
The Explosion will head to Irmo, South Carolina, this weekend for a pair of matches, taking on Inter Atlanta FC Blues on Saturday before meeting Roswell (Georgia) SC Santos Blue on Sunday.
‘09 EXPLOSION BOYS
The ‘09 Explosion battled U11 Boys First Division East foe 09 NCFC Red South to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 6 at Gillette.
Kamden Murphy had Wilson’s lone goal, coming in the second half. Raymond Roshwan and Ryan Sherrod split time in goal, each playing a half and each securing 10 saves.
Wilson, 2-6-1 overall, suffered a 10-0 loss division co-leader NCFC Gold DCH on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Gillette. Roshwan made five saves and Sherrod came up with eight stops for the Explosion, which will visit JASA Coastal Surge on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Jacksonville.