On a cold night at Womack Field, Tyler Proctor’s blazing strike off of a corner kick paved the way to a Statesboro High victory.
Proctor hammered home a corner kick with just 28 seconds to play in the first half, breaking the ice on a 3-0 Blue Devil triumph over Calvary Day Tuesday night at Womack Field.
Statesboro (4-1) continued to rely on a strong defense and timely goals, notching its fourth shutout in five games. Overall, the Devils have outscored their opponents 16-2.
“We got solid goaltending from Justin Smith and Drew Funk tonight,” SHS coach Nick Thrower said. “We also got good play from our back line to keep the ball out of our half. That’s what we’re looking for each game.”
Statesboro dominated the play early in the game, but was unable to get any good looks on the Cavaliers’ goal.
It looked as though the teams would stay scoreless into halftime, but the Devils earned a corner kick in the waning seconds of the first half.
Tyler Proctor carved a right-footed corner perfectly to the back post, avoided teammates and defenders alike and nestling into the Calvary net with 28 seconds remaining in the half.
“I felt like we won the first half,” Thrower said. “We played well. The goal came late, but I think that we deserved it.”
Proctor’s strike lit a fire under his team and the Devils dominated the rest of the game.
Just over five minutes into the second half, Alex Wager broke free in the midfield and found Walker Paul Tedders, who slipped a shot past Cavalier goalkeeper Jake Hamilton to give Statesboro a 2-0 cushion.
With 22 minutes to play, the Devils put the game out of reach.
Hector Angeles lined up a corner from the left side and placed a perfect cross on the foot of Owen Hancock to give Statesboro a 3-0 advantage.
Calvary Day’s only real scoring opportunity came late in the contest.
Tyler Kilgore broke free up the right side and let loose a shot from 15 yards out, but Funk parried the blast out of play and the SHS defense cleared the ensuing corner to preserve the shutout.
Calvary girls crush SHS
Statesboro’s girls didn’t fare nearly as well as Calvary Day cruised to a dominant 6-0 victory in Tuesday’s first game.
Jessica Lanier paced the Lady Cavaliers, netting four goals to record a hat trick as Calvary improved to 4-0-1 on the season.
“It all starts in the back,” SHS coach Brian Thomas said. “We made some mistakes early and gave (Calvary) some easy looks on goal. That’s something we know that we can’t afford to do.”
The Cavs took control of the game early, possessing the ball and keeping the Lady Devils (2-3) on their heels.
Lanier netted two of her goals as Calvary built a 3-0 lead at halftime and added two more as the Cavs ran away over the final 40 minutes.
Morgan Comell and Kayla Parys also notched goals on the night as the Devils were never able to get into contention.
Both the boys and girls of Statesboro return to region play Friday as they travel to South Effingham. Both squads are 1-1 in sub-region play so far this season.
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.