DHS soccer grabs second win

Published 10:34 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Demopolis soccer picked up its second straight win Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over American Christian Academy.

The Tigers opened the scoring with 33:21 left in the first half when Keith Junious knocked in the opening goal of the game.

Less than 10 minutes later, Cameron Fendley scored off a Trent McDowell assist to stretch the lead to 2-0. Fendley struck again with 19:52 to go until intermission when he again capitalized on an opportunity created by McDowell.

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From there, Demopolis missed a handful of scoring chances heading into the half.

“They kind of got relaxed,” head coach Peter Keen said. “They started out pretty strong and they got flat again.”

At halftime, Keen told his players they were playing well but still were not up to their potential.

The squad appeared to take his words to heart in the second half as they picked up two quick goals to stretch the lead to 5-0. Both scores came off the foot of Fendley, who made the most of Alan Brooker throw-ins to stretch the lead.

“His four goals came from being in the right place at the right time,” Keen said of Fendley’s performance. “But he also had some fantastic assists.”

Keen told his team at halftime he intended to play the Tiger reserves for the majority of the second half.

“They scored two real quick and we went ahead and put the junior varsity in with about 28 minutes to go,” Keen said of the team’s second half scoring efforts. “The J.V. went in at 28 minutes and they held it.”

Keen said he was pleased with the victory.

“A 5-0 win is a good win,” Keen said. “The defense played fantastic.”

Tiger goalkeeper Rachel Tucker had an uneventful day that saw her record no saves behind a defense that prevented the Patriots from taking a single shot shot.

“It is on a positive note that we’ll be going into Friday’s game,” Keen said of a group that heads back into region play when it travels to Pleasant Grove Friday.