Damas Jean, Slysen Jean Baptiste, and Miguel Campuzano scored one goal apiece during Southern Wayne’s 3-2 non-conference triumph over county rival Goldsboro on Thursday.
The victory improves the Saints’ overall record to 3-0, while the Cougars dropped to 0-3.
“We’re doing well, and we still have a long season ahead,” Southern Wayne head coach Luis Ramirez said. “We have plenty of matches and good opponents coming up, so we’re going to keep on winning as much as we can.”
In the 20th minute, Campuzano scored the game’s first goal to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Jean headed home a perfectly delivered cross for the 2-0 lead, and it looked like the Saints would into halftime with the 2-0 lead.
However, just before halftime, a Southern Wayne foul inside the box set up Cabe Pate for a penalty kick, which he converted to make it a one-goal game.
“We were up 2-0 and managed to advantage of the right side of the field. Our first two goals came from that side,” Ramirez said. “We had good communication in the first half, and we’ve been working on our communication in practice, so everybody can get to know each other on a personal level, and I think that really showed.”
In the 54th minute, another Southern Wayne foul gave the Cougars a free kick. Pate lofted the free kick over the outstretched hands of the Southern Wayne goalie, and suddenly the Cougars tied the game 2-2.
But less than a minute later, the Saints took back the lead when Diego Vera-Arriaga’s cross inside the box found Jean Baptiste’s foot, who slipped the ball past the Goldsboro goalie.
“Once we were in that position, I told the boys to stay calm and cool, and we were back up in a few minutes,” Ramirez said.
The Saints and Cougars will face off in a rematch on Tuesday.