PCA still looking for winning day|[12/06/06]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2006

In its two seasons of existence, Porters Chapel’s soccer program has measured success in baby steps. It appears the Eagles are still taking them as they begin the third.

For every blocked shot in their season-opener against Lee Academy, PCA allowed one to slip through. For every shot on goal, there was a missed scoring opportunity. And for every goal they scored, Lee put in more than a few.

Lee’s Derek Soldevila scored four goals and assisted on another, leading his team to a 10-1 victory over PCA Tuesday at Link Field in Bovina. Andrew Britt also scored two goals for Lee (2-0), which had five different players find the back of the net.

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&#8220I could list about 80 things,” PCA coach Chad Hoeppel, after rattling off a half-dozen of his team’s mistakes, said when asked what his team could improve on. &#8220We had a couple of bright spots in the first half. We moved the ball down the field and missed some shots. We should’ve had three goals in the first half.”

Indeed, PCA’s most glaring weakness was a lack of offensive punch. Several times, the Eagles had the ball with room to maneuver but instead settled for crosses that were eventually broken up by Lee defenders.

Brien Biedenharn finally took a pass from Jason Greer and found the net on a breakaway for PCA’s first goal of the season late in the first half. In the last two seasons, PCA had scored only three goals total.

&#8220I got a good assist from Jason. If we keep doing those kinds of plays, we’re going to do well,” Biedenharn said. &#8220That was our first game and I thought we held up pretty good, considering we’ve got a bunch of new players to the sport.”

Unfortunately for the Eagles, by the time Biedenharn scored they were already behind 4-0. Soldevila scored for Lee just 2 1/2 minutes into the game, then scored two more late in the half. Reeves Gaddy added another goal with about 2 minutes to play before Biedenharn put the Eagles on the board.

Soldevila scored the first of six Lee goals in the last 27 minutes of the game. The rest of the scoring barrage included an own goal by the Eagles on a misplayed kick back to the keeper, and several goals as the result of constant pressure by the Colts.

Lee outshot PCA 17-2 in the second half, and 31-3 in the game.

&#8220We pretty much had it from the beginning,” Soldevila said. &#8220I think we were playing around and saw that they almost scored, so we picked it up a little bit.”

(G) WC 8, Greenville 0.

Brooke Nevels scored three goals and Dana Warnock added a pair of tallies as the Lady Vikes walloped Greenville in a Division 3-5A match.

Mary Clare Scurria, Julie Waddle and Chelsa Jones each had a goal in the victory. Scurria also had three assists.

(B) WC 4, Greenville 0.

Eric Richards scored two goals and had an assist to lead Warren Central to a shutout of Greenville in the Division 3-5A opener for both teams.

Heath Carroll scored off a corner kick and Michael Traxler added a goal.

WC outshot Greenville 20-1 and coach Greg Head said at least six WC shots hit the crossbar.