The Tates Creek boys' soccer team took a business trip Tuesday night.
The Commodores accomplished their goal, notching a 4-0 district victory at Bryan Station.
"I know Bryan Station will stay in it and fight to the end whistle," Tates Creek Coach Brandon Turek said. "I just wanted to make sure we took care of business and would play until the final minute. That's when they're extremely dangerous."
Creek led 1-0 at halftime, with Grant Garret shooting low into the left corner on a penalty kick with 18:36 left. The penalty came when Creek's Hesham Shalash was taken down in the box.
"Once we got down with the 'PK' it seemed like we were on our heels the rest of the game," Defenders Coach David Hacker said.
The Commodores (5-4-1 overall, 2-0 district) didn't take much time to blow things open in the second half, getting a pair of goals by Felicien Mumbaya.
Mumbaya, who arrived in the United States from the Congo five months ago, said his tallies came as a result of "my strength and will to play, and I've got to finish."
Less than 21/2 minutes into the half, Mumbaya broke into the box, deked his way around the goalkeeper and deposited the ball into an empty net.
Exactly three minutes into the half, Mumbaya made it 3-0. This time, goalie Richard Marx rejected a hard shot by Daniel Esteban but had no chance to grab Mumbaya's rebound.
"I took advantage," Mumbaya said. "I saw the chance was very likely, and I just took a chance and got it."
Darby Lenox tacked on goal No. 4 with 21:48 left.
"Bryan Station always comes out and gives us a very tough game, and I knew it would be a battle," Turek said. "Once they started packing it in, we tried to exploit them ... and ultimately got the result we needed."
The Defenders (4-6-2, 1-3 district) spend most of the match on the defensive but had some chances to score.
Perhaps the best look came with less than 11 minutes left. Ross McGoodwin made a nifty move to get off a shot from about 20 yards, but the ball sailed a bit high and off the football crossbar. John Grigsby also was barely high on a first-half chance.
When the shots were on target, Reid Van Bussum and backup Evan Adams were there to ensure Creek's third consecutive victory.
"The second half, we just didn't come with the intensity we needed," Hacker said. "We're down just one goal. We were right there, and we just didn't come the way we need to be the second half. But we've got 22 sophomores on this team, so we're really young. We'll get there."
Tates Creek 4, Bryan Station 0
Goals—TC: Grant Garret, Felicien Muyumba (2), Darby Lenox. Goalkeepers—TC: Reid Van Bussum, Evan Adams; BS: Richard Marx.
Records—Tates Creek 5-4-1; Bryan Station 4-6-2.