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Nation Ford boys’ soccer off to a hot start

Nation Ford's Jake Cubine (4) breaks downfield with the ball as Nation Ford hosts Gaffney in varsity soccer last Tuesday.
Nation Ford's Jake Cubine (4) breaks downfield with the ball as Nation Ford hosts Gaffney in varsity soccer last Tuesday. Special to The Fort Mill Times

Two goals by Nation Ford senior Kevin Garces within about a two minute span propelled the sixth-ranked Falcons boys’ soccer team to a 3-0 win over Region III foe Gaffney Indians to put the team at 7-1 on the season.

“I though the boys played well,” said Nation Ford head coach Jon Jarrett.

“We just need to keep working hard in practice. Possession is a key. That is a good key to winning.”

Although they traded possession often, the Falcons did win the control factor in keeping the ball the majority of time against Gaffney. Both teams started out aggressive early and got early looks at the goal, but neither could produce. Gaffney took the first shot on goal about five minutes into the game.

After trading the ball back and forth while battling for an edge against Nation Ford, Gaffney finally managed to keep control of the ball in the first half, but the Indians couldn’t get the shot attempts they were looking for.

Nation Ford got a free kick about 16 minutes into the first half, but sent the ball sailing through the uprights instead of into the top portion of the goal. The Falcons were able to gain more control as the first half wore on and launched two more shots that would make a field goal kicker proud – but neither was anywhere near the goal.

The Falcons finally were able to keep a shot grounded as junior Blake Baker scored with about 15 minutes left in the first half to put Nation Ford up 1-0.

Nation Ford got off several more shot attempts before the end of the first half, but none were able to find the goal. The Falcons had five corner kicks in the first half, most of them coming in the final five minutes.

About four minutes into the second half, Garces scored on a breakaway down the right side of the field, crossing the ball over to the middle of the field before taking the shot into the lower right portion of the goal to put the Falcons up 2-0.

Garces wasn’t finished, coming back about two and-a-half minutes later to score his second goal of the game to extend the Nation Ford lead.

The Indians also had their chances in the second half, launching strikes at Falcons’ keeper Taylor Bennett, who took over in the second half for starting keeper Cooper Morris.

Despite the early surge by Nation Ford, neither team took much control in the second half. Both teams had about an equal amount of shots on goal, with a slight edge going to the Falcons.

Defensively, at times it seemed as if the Falcons were toying with Gaffney by keeping the ball away from the Indians.

Nation Ford has a home match this week against rivals Fort Mill and road games against Region III opponents Gaffney and York.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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