It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Red Raider boys’ soccer team notched another win Tuesday night, downing Athens Academy at home 3-2.
“It was a long and nerve-racking game for multiple reasons,” said Madison County head coach Daniel Joyner. “Both teams played really physical throughout and it got people frustrated.”
Geovani Castro, Moe Shay Aye, and Tanner Jordan all scored goals for the Red Raiders.
Joyner said his team started slowly.
“The boys struggled to play as a team early on in the game but in the end they woke up and played well,” said the coach. “They played with some intensity and put lots of pressure on the opposing team. There were lots of fouls called during the competition and even some yellow cards were given out. The boys kept their composure though and were able to pull out the win.”
Now, the Red Raiders will turn their attention to Eastside in a final game before spring break set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Covington.
“The Eastside game is going to be another tough game for us with it being a region game,” said Joyner. “It’ll help give us a better chance to go to the playoffs if we win. The boys really want to go to playoffs and this game will help to determine that fate.”
The Red Raiders also defeated Stephens County 2-1 this past Friday.
“The boys played their best game yet,” said Joyner. “They all played together as a team, communicated well, possessed the ball and played at a high level of intensity.”
Oliver Espinosa and Tanner Jordan both scored goals for Madison County, but the guys could have added several more.
“We created many chances to put the ball into the back of the net but we got unlucky,” said Joyner. “I have to give a big shout-out to Hans Strehler who stepped up and played goalie for us. Our starter was injured and Hans joined us from the JV squad, as a field player, and played in goal. He did a great job for us in a big game.”
In other action this past week, Madison County fell 3-0 to Clarke Central March 19.
“It was not a pretty game for us but those things happen sometimes,” said Joyner. “Clarke Central came out ready to play and they continued to play faster than us in every aspect of the game for the full 80 minutes. Our boys couldn’t keep up with them. We did create some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize.”