Casserly's goal lead Braves to victory
By Justin Thomas Sports Writer
September 12, 2013
|Photo by Liana Spinner
Junior Sam Miles goes up to head a ball against a defender from Mars Hill. The Braves are now 2-0 on the 2013 campaign after two impressive wins over regional opponents.
With his third goal in two games, sophomore James Casserly headed in a goal in the 37th minute to give the Braves their only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Mars Hill Lions, on Sept. 8 at the Varsity Grounds.
"James is very dangerous and our set pieces are something that we work a lot on, and we are going to continue to do," said UNCP head coach Phil Hudson. "Every goal we have had this season has been off a set piece."
In a physical match-up, the two ball clubs managed to combine for 25 fouls, two yellow cards, and two red cards. There was no lack in intensity for the two clubs.
“We had a very good performance from the guys, and we stuck to our game plan well. The red card Mars Hill got worked against us because we lost our momentum for a little bit. Up until that point, I thought we were in complete control and then we kind of got a little bit flustered, but we worked through it. The guys gave a lot of effort, and I'm very proud of them today," Hindson said.
The Braves will take the field again when they travel to Wingate, in their first away game of the season.
"Our next game against Wingate will be a difficult game, but we are looking forward to it. They are very good, but we had a good result against them last year and, we are trying to put a plan together to do the same thing," Hindson said.
In goal for the Black and Gold, Ryan Hanson had two saves on the day in the shutout.
Shots on goal were hard to come by as the Braves amassed five while the Lions recorded two in the contest.
Reece Rooney had a game-high five shots.