Here is a recap of Monday night’s Reynolds-Roberson soccer game from correspondent Harrison Slaughter:
Despite a light rain throughout the match, Roberson showed Monday what kept it undefeated throughout most of its Mountain Athletic Conference schedule.
The Rams (17-3-2, 9-1-1) defeated Reynolds by a score of 2-0 and now control their destiny for the MAC regular season championship.
“We have one loss and a tie and Asheville has two losses so we have to win over at Enka on Wednesday,” Roberson coach Robert Wilcher said.
“If we were to lose then Asheville would have two losses and we would have two losses and a tie. If Asheville were to lose then we would win it no matter what.”
Garrett Douglas, junior defender, said Roberson’s goal all season has been to win the MAC championship.
“We just have to stay focused after this win and go into Enka and get the next win,” Douglas said.
It didn’t take long for Roberson to get on the board as Douglas scored in the ninth minute on an assist by Evan Lewis off an indirect kick to put them in front of the Rockets (17-4-1, 8-3-0).
Coming out of halftime leading 1-0, Dexter Vandersall increased the Ram’s lead when he buried a ball into the back of the net on a cross by Jack Sandstedt, sophomore striker, in the 42nd minute.
“We had two teams playing as hard as they can. We were fortunate to capitalize on two chances. Reynolds is a fantastic team and I wish them well in the state playoffs. I’m really proud of my kids,” Wilcher said.
Roberson finished the match with 15 shots while Reynolds finished with 14.
Evan Goosmann, a junior goalkeeper, once again came up big for Roberson in the goal, Wilcher said.
Goosmann finished the game with six saves and recorded his 15th shutout of the season and his 24th overall.
Griffith Porter, junior goalkeeper for Reynolds, finished with six saves as well.
“I thought our midfield also did a good job of slowing down their midfield because I feel like the Reynolds group is as dynamic as they get,” Wilcher said. “Keeping them off the board is quite an accomplishment.”
Roberson just wanted to stay focused and keep attacking. They know Reynolds is a great team so they had to stay determined and keep attacking and just come out with the win, Douglas said.
“Roberson played very well. I thought we were not exactly at our best. We didn’t really bring the type of intensity that’s required for a game like this so we kind of got what we deserved,” Reynolds coach Patrick Gladys said.
Gladys was highly-disappointed with the way the Rockets played Monday and they will have to play better against North Buncombe to close the regular season and into the playoffs, he added.