Despite losing the first two games of the National Professional Soccer League season, FC Carolina Discoveries coach David Carton didnt lose faith in the quality of his squad.
I said at the start of the season out there, we didnt know who, there was a team out there that was really gonna get a beating, said Carton.
Turns out that team was Gate City FC.
Discoveries beat Gate City by a goal last Saturday in Greensboro, but they bettered that performance with a 4-0 shutout Wednesday night at Manchester Meadows. The clean sheet was Discoveries second in a row while the win was the clubs first at home in the NPSL.
The chances that Discoveries (3-3-0) had carved out early in the season helped Carton keep the faith that his boys would come good.
I knew that if it clicked there was a team out there that was really gonna get it, and tonight was the night, said Carton, who added he was still disappointed in the quality of the finishing, thinking his team could have added a few more.
Diminutive Brazilian Thiago Andrade opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes, before Zhuvonte Wilson, Daniel Revivo and Fabricio Barancoski added second half goals to gloss the scoreline. Andrades early goal followed his strike during the first 10 minutes during last Saturdays 1-0 win over Gate City.
The early goal helps, because it always settles us, said Carton.
Gate City (1-3-1) threatened first, heading the ball off the right post from a corner kick seven minutes into the match. It wasnt two minutes later and Discoveries were in front 1-0. Gate Citys Ronnie Castellanos got caught in possession near the top of his 18-yard box and Andrade walked in on keeper Reinaldo Martinez before slotting into the net for his second goal in as many games.
Sometimes, you know, defenders, they try to do something beautiful, said Andrade, the former Queens University standout. They try to dribble around, but in front of the 18, you cant do that. I saw Zhuvonte pressing and I thought that was a good opportunity. As soon as I saw the guy lost it, I attacked the ball.
Discoveries nearly doubled the lead with 32 minutes played, Fort Mills Connor Agnew sliding a ball into the path of Wilson, only for Martinez to block his shot with a wall of legs.
Four minutes into the second half, centerback Wylie Rea, who filled in perfectly at centerback for injured starter Kyle Kennedy, thumped a long ball upfield, and former Winthrop striker Revivo won the header, flicking on to Wilson, who slipped a finish past the keeper to make it 2-0. Six minutes later, Revivo latched on to a through ball and fired past Martinez to make it 3-0.
Gate City then went down to 10 men when Fred Garcia was flashed a red card after elbowing Agnew.
Rock Hills Andrew Raad and Dennis Moore, the former Northwestern Trojans state champion, both made late appearances for Discoveries. Raad is a freshman at Winthrop and Moore just graduated from Wofford.
That left about 20 minutes for Moore to make an impact, which he did in the 92nd minute. Showing quick feet and a silky first touch, Moore got around the outside on the right, and though his cross was cut out initially, the ball fell for Barancoski, who slammed home Discoveries fourth on the night, closing out a rout that had been brewing for several weeks.
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T