DASH stumbles 4-1 in Johnston Cup

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SMITHFIELD — The DASH boys soccer team was dealt its second loss in the Johnston United Soccer Association Cup by a 4-1 margin against 3-A West Johnston on the Smithfield-Selma pitch Wednesday.

The United battled West Johnston to a 1-1 halftime standoff.

But with approximately 12 minutes elapsed in the second half, West Johnston finished another cross for a 2-1 lead. The United stepped up its pressure in its bid for the equalizer, but West Johnston countered and forged a 3-1 margin. With substitutes on the pitch and time expiring, West Johnston added its final goal.

West Johnston struck first with approximately 10 minutes elapsed with a header to the back post off a cross. The ball barely eluded the reach of DASH goalkeeper Elijah Skinner.

“Nothing Elijah could do,” said DASH head coach Steve Barry. “Just out of his reach.”

The United evened the score at 1-1 with some 10 minutes left in the opening half. Salvador Guzman flicked a through ball to Eric Barry, who beat a defender and the goalkeeper for a walk-in goal.

“Good effort by the team,” Coach Barry reviewed, “but we have to figure out a way to close out games. We have a lot to learn.”

The United game ball was awarded to junior Jonathan Weeks.

“Center back is a very difficult position to learn,” Coach Barry said, “and he’s getting better every minute he’s on the field.”

DASH returns to action in the Wilmington Christian tournament on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25.