The Rosewood boys’ soccer team is in playoff mode.
The Eagles came out hungry and intense in a 2-0 victory over Riverside in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.
Rosewood hosts Camden County in the second round on Friday at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex.
“I really had no idea what to expect coming into this year, so finishing second in the conference and winning a first-round playoff game, it’s really exciting for this group of guys,” Rosewood head coach Eddie Maldonado said.
In a back-and-forth first half, the Eagles held off the hard-charging Knights.
However, the Knights did a good job of keeping the Eagles off the board, and Riverside goalie Jones Manning finished the game with 25 saves, and the score was 0-0 at halftime.
“The boys played really, really hard,” Maldonado said. “Riverside also played really hard for 80 minutes, and they get after it. That’s probably the hardest working group of young men that we played against all year.”
The score remained tied until the 63rd minute.
Coming out of the mask break, Aaron Zamora got the Eagles on the scoreboard when he collected a long pass from Reece Gery and buried a shot past Manning.
“We’ve been really working on combing with each other going forward. A lot of this season has been about coming together as a team and learning how to play with one another,” Maldonado said. “It was good to see the boys combine and create.”
The Knights scrambled to tie the game, but in the 75th minute, Riverside gave up an own goal, which sealed the win for the Eagles.