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ROSWELL, Ga. — The Wilson Youth Soccer Association ‘06 Explosion 13U Girls team finished its first season in the U.S. Youth Soccer’s National League Piedmont Conference with a pair of shutout wins last weekend, April 13-14, to finish second in the 12-team league of elite teams.
The Explosion got a pair of goals from Susan Guzman to blank Inter Atlanta FC Blue 2-0 on Saturday at East Roswell Park. Samantha Mallol assisted on the first goal.
On Sunday, Natalie Capps, Avery Williams, Mariah Polk and Guzman each scored a goal — all in the second half —as the Explosion blitzed Roswell Santos Blue 4-0 to finish its debut season 8-1-2. Assists came from Guzman and Kate Conoley.
Darby Wallig recorded both shutouts in goal while the back line of Brianna Little, Carys Wheeler, Eva Fatzaun, Kamryn Graybeal and Mallol held the opposing shots to a minimum.
Head coach Thomas Goines noted that the Explosion, which finished behind unbeaten Charlotte Soccer Association South, had the second-fewest goals allowed and scored the second-highest number of goals.
“The ‘06 girls have been on a fantastic run all year. Just qualifying for the National League Piedmont was a huge honor and accomplishment for the team and club,” Goines said. “Going into the league play, we didn’t dare dream of finishing in the top half of the division, let alone in the top two. Just being in a position to possibly be selected for promotion into the National Premier League is incredible. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls and the support their families have given them.”
‘08 Explosion boys finish 1st in division
MOREHEAD CITY — Behind two goals each from Austin Coughlin and Dominique Hamilton, the ‘08 Explosion won 5-0 over host Seashore Soccer League White on Saturday, April 13.
The win left the Explosion with a 3-1-0 mark and in first place in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Spring Classic League’s 11U Boys Third Division East.
Both of Couglin’s goals came in the first half, seven minutes apart, as the Explosion built a 2-0 halftime leads. Pierce Stone scored in the 36th minute before Hamilton finished the win with consecutive goals.
Christopher Lewis made four saves in goal while William Aycock, Grayson Coulter, Eli Farris and Aiden Bennett led the defensive effort in the shutout.
The Explosion will play in the Wake FC Tournament of Champions on April 26-28 in Holly Springs.
‘05 Explosion fends off Trinity Red Bulls
Eight saves by ‘05 Explosion goalkeeper Braylan McCoy helped his team to a 1-0 win over Wake FC Trinity Red Bulls on Sunday, April 14, at Gillette Soccer Complex.
The lone score came on an own goal by the Red Bulls in the second half. Each team finished with 11 shots.
The Explosion, now 5-3-0 in the 14U Boys Second Division East 1, will finish the regular season Sunday, May 5, against Sampson County Soccer Clinton United at Royal Lane Park in Clinton.
‘01 Explosion finishes with winning mark
The ‘01 Explosion wrapped up its regular season with a pair of games in early April to finish 4-3-2 and in fifth place in 18U Boys First Division.
The Explosion rode a hat trick from Carson Neal to a 3-1 defeat of North Carolina FC White South on Friday, April 5, at Gillette Soccer Complex.
NCFC White South scored first on a 23rd-minute penalty kick, leaving it at 1-0 for the rest of the first half. Neal got the equalizer in the 49th minute on a pass from Kevin Mendoza.
Neal and David Manzo then hooked up a pair of goals less than four minutes apart in the final 10 minutes of the match to give the Explosion the win.
“It’s always nice beating NCFC teams,” said Explosion head coach Ian McMichael. “We got three wins and a draw against the four NCFC teams in our division this year. I was glad to see Carson finally have a breakout game. We added him this offseason after seeing him score a bunch of goals in high school. He’s been a solid teammate and addition to the team.”
The offense did not come as easily for the Explosion in its next game, Sunday, April 7, against host Greensboro United Soccer Association Gold at Bryan Park.
GUSA Gold scored in the 86th minute to hand the Explosion a 1-0 defeat despite being outshot 7-4 by Wilson.
“Tough to lose one like that at the end,” McMichael said. “We had plenty of chances to win the match earlier in the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“I thought Kevin Mendoza showed exceptionally well this game. Their keeper made a terrific save on an excellent shot by Kevin would have put us ahead on earlier in the match. He’s peaking at the right time for us.”
The Explosion will play in the N.C. Youth Soccer Association’s Kepner Cup tournament on April 27-28 in Asheville.