Trojans unable to overcome early deficit, fall 5-1 to St. Paul#039;s
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006
MOBILE, Ala. - The Charles Henderson High School soccer team was unable to stop its late-season skid as the Trojans fell to St. Paul's Episcopal School 5-1 on Tuesday night in Mobile, Ala.
The loss bumps the Trojans from the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs and in turn ends the squad's season.
Despite the loss, Charles Henderson High School head coach Josh Bailey was pleased with the effort his team displayed.
“The effort was there,” Bailey said. “All week in practice we stressed playing together as team and I'd say for 60 minutes of the match we did that. I was proud of them.”
The Trojans fell behind the Saints early and were never able to recover.
For the first 14 minutes of the match, neither the Trojans nor the Saints could gain an advantage, but in the 15th minute of the match, the Saints lit up the scoreboard with back-to-back goals to take a 2-0 lead.
“The first 14 or 15 minutes of the match was some of the best soccer we've played this season,” Bailey said.
“We played as a unit and really did a nice job of battling, but once they scored we started kind of going away from that. The back-to-back goals within about 20 seconds of each other kind of broke our backs. We just never recovered from it.”
St. Paul's netted two more goals before the half to take a 4-0 lead into the intermission.
The Trojans finally got on the board in the second half when Dustin Smith tallied the squad's lone goal on a penalty kick.
Smith was awarded the goal after being pulled down by the Saint's goalkeeper.
“We just had a hard time answering back tonight,” Bailey said. &#x;”Falling behind 2-0 hurt us and then after they added two more goals in the first half we were just kind of buried. The effort was there, though, for the most part.”
According to Bailey, the loss does not diminish what Charles Henderson was able to accomplish this season.
“Our goal was to make the playoffs,” Bailey said. “We did that. It was a great season. We played well for most of the season, and we accomplished our goal.
“I think we have a lot to build on. We're losing six seniors, but everyone of our underclassmen stepped up at some point during the season, so I think we're looking good for the future.”