There is not a statistic for momentum, but good teams know when they have it.
Down 2-0 at the end of the first half, C.B. Aycock stole the momentum from Southern Wayne early in the second half on Monday evening and walked off with a 3-2 decision on the Quad County 3A Conference boys’ soccer scene.
“Basically, my halftime speech was ‘we can win this game still. I know you can play a lot better than this, and it comes down to who wants it more, and they proved in the second half that they wanted to win, so I’m happy for them,” C.B. Aycock head coach Dominick Albano said.
C.B. Aycock controlled the momentum for the first 20 minutes of the game. Still, the Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead and took the momentum midway through the opening 40 minutes when Edgar Castaneda buried a perfect shot over the head of the C.B. Aycock goalie.
In the 38th minute, Miquel Campuzano scored a goal to give Southern Wayne a 2-0 lead.
“They (Southern Wayne) are a very skilled high press team. I don’t think we’d really seen that before, and I think that’s what caught us off guard at first,” Albano said. “It really comes down to the will to want to win when the boys want to win, they can beat good teams, and when they don’t want to play, we lose to who we lose to.
“All it comes down to is the will to win.”
C.B. Aycock came out flying in the second half. The Golden Falcons scored their first goal in the 45th minute when the Southern Wayne goalie came out too far and misplayed the ball, which enabled Collin McIver to fire off a shot into the empty net.
With his team trailing 2-1 with 13 minutes to play in the game, McIver delivered a goal off a free kick from outside the box.
McIver fired a shot into the right corner of the net that prompted high-fives and hugs between the Golden Falcons.
The Golden Falcons took the lead 72nd minute.
McIver was fouled inside in the box, which gave the Golden Falcons a penalty kick. Adam Cook then stepped into the box to take the penalty kick. Cook had no problem converting the penalty kick, and the Golden Falcons completed the comeback against the Saints.
“I thought he (Collin McIver) played tremendous. He’s been a big help filling Zack Naughton’s shoes from last year. It’s some pretty big shoes to fill, I’d say probably a size 20 shoes, but I think he’s done a great job,” Albano said. “He created some big moments in the game for us.”
C.B. Aycock (9-3-1 overall, 5-1 QCC) will continue Quad County 3A Conference action against Hunt (1-9-2) on Wednesday. Southern Wayne (6-4, 2-4) travels to East Wake (3-8, 2-5).