The NSHS boys varsity soccer team moved to 2-0 in a young season by edging a strong and quick countering Wheeler High. Wheeler is 2 classifications above North Springs in 7A.
The game started off with Wheeler controlling play by winning balls and using their quick counter passing to keep heavy pressure on the Spartan defense. Wheeler was using quick one touch passes and looking to play a long pass up for their forwards to run on. North Springs was able to wart off most of Wheeler chances due to poor finishing by the Wildcats. Just as our JV team did the night before the Spartan 11 started taking control and using some sharp and smart passing was giving themselves opportunities against Wheeler’s defense.
Just before the middle of the 1st half Vicente Marrow was given space to move and move he did as he got the ball into the Wheeler red zone and gave Simon Ben-Moshe a lead pass which he promptly shot pass the keeper to give the Spartans a surprising 1-0 lead with 26:56 remainingwere.
The Spartans were starting to look good and had several more chances to improve their lead but missed passes, lack of runs, and some poor shooting was keeping their lead at just one.
Just as the teams were entering the last quarter of the half, Wheeler got their passing game and ball control in gear to again start getting their attack game going. It was at 17:18 to play in the half, Wheeler was able to put in the tying goal on only their 2nd shot in the half up to that point.
At half time the coaches and players talked over things that needed adjusted and to get back to what works for them.
The halftime adjustments worked as the Spartan came out in the 2nd half and took control. Just under 4 minutes into the half the combination of Vicente Marron and Simon Ben-Moshe combined to put the Spartans up 2-1. From that point on in the game it took a total team effect to play together. Wheeler was constantly putting in fresh players, but they never adjusted their game strategy. North Springs recognizes the strong performance of the team bench consisting of Abel Pineda, Omar Lopez, and Jerry Nazario for stepping in filling in to give their teammates a break. Thank you guys for being ready when the game came to you!
North Springs out shot Wheeler 14-6, corners 8-3, fouls 7-9, and saves 2-8.
The Varsity’s next game will be another tough opponent as we take on our neighbor Dunwoody High School at North Springs with a 7:30 start on Tuesday 2/12/19