High school soccer: Tates Creek boys, girls own tourney finals

mmaloney@herald-leader.comAugust 18, 2012 

What a night for Tates Creek soccer.

The Commodores swept titles in Saturday night's iHigh Soccer Frenzy finals at Lafayette.

Creek's boys, off to their best start in four years, edged Male 2-1.

The Lady Commodores, ranked No. 4 in the pre-season state poll, upended Paul Dunbar 4-2.

Boys' finals

After winning eight matches all last season, Creek's boys opened this campaign with four straight tournament wins.

The Commodores made the most of their few scoring chances and won with a stone-wall defense inside the 18-yard line.

"They know how to defend and they cover each other very well," Coach Brandon Turek said. "We gave up some shots from the outside but we contained close in, and did the dirty work close in."

Creek, Dunbar and Henry Clay all went 3-0 in preliminary group play. Creek, with two shutouts, gained the title match based on goal differential.

Male, the pre-season No. 2 team in the State, likely will take a tumble after a 1-3 showing in the Frenzy.

"It's a very bad week, and we beat ourselves. I'm very disappointed in the team," Coach Christopher Barron said. "They play like they've been practicing. If you practice bad, you play bad. We beat ourselves all week. We gave up goals we shouldn't have. We've possessed. We've outplayed every team we've played this week. But, final line, we're 1 and 3."

The Bulldogs outshot Creek 21-9, with Evan Adams making 10 saves for the winners.

The Commodores stunned Male less than five minutes in when Pacific Mutayongwa's cross found Ryan Wilkins near the back post for a header.

"It was perfect," Wilkins said of Mutayongwa's pass.

The score stayed that way for nearly 50 more minutes.

Edwin Garcia centered to Samer Shalash for Creek's second goal with 25:56 left.

Male countered with 6:58 left, when Colin Ratchford arched a shot from outside the 18 just over the reach of Evans.

Creek's back line didn't flinch, though.

"Me and Austin (Magsig) were back there holding it down, and whoever else was on the outside came down for us," Reece Roubic said. "At the end, it was a little scary. ... Heart was racing, but we pulled it out. That's all we've got to do."

Girls' finals

The Commodores (4-0) were in control from the get-go.

"I thought we came out with great energy. They played together as a team, created chances for each other and did a great job of finishing," Coach Bo Lankster said of his Creekers. "What really made me happy was that Dunbar is a very good team. They have a lot of fight and they put us under pressure that we had not been under all week, and we handled it well. We beat a very good team tonight."

Destinie Graves gave Creek a 1-0 lead less than 21/2 minutes into the match, and Shelby Williams' tally with 1:12 left in the half made it 2-0.

Graves raced in on a breakaway 2:42 into the second half and found the net for a 3-0 bulge.

Aaron Lankster scored on a direct kick from 21 yards out with 28:50 left, making it 4-0.

The only question left was whether Arly Lankster would record a shutout in the Commodores' goal.

Dunbar (2-2) made the answer an emphatic no.

The Bulldogs notched two goals in a span of 1:39 to halve the deficit.

Kathryn Perry tallied off of Madison Bledsoe's cross with 8:40 left to play.

Alexyia Turner finished off a Reilly Teal cross with 7:01 on the clock.

"I felt we played well," Coach Emily Coleman said. "We still have a lot of potential. There's still a lot of season left, obviously.

"The beginning of the season, people are still coming together, developing their teams. And we're just not going to give up."

Boys: Tates Creek 2, Male 1

GoalsM: Colin Ratchford; TC: Ryan Wilkins, Samer Shalash. GoalkeepersM: Lee Lewis; TC: Evan Adams.

Records—Male 1-3, Tates Creek 4-0.

Girls: Tates Creek 4, Dunbar 2

GoalsTC: Destinie Graves 2, Shelby Williams, Aaron Lankster; PLD: Kathryn Perry, Alexyia Turner. GoalkeepersTC: Arly Lankster; PLD: Kristen Cruse.

Records—Tates Creek 4-0, Paul Dunbar 2-2.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com

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