Fayetteville Academy rolls on

Perhaps I should have let Shank Punt flip my coin, as there was a match decided on penalty kicks on the other side of town.

But that doesn’t mean that Fayetteville Academy’s 4-1 win over Arendell-Parrott was lacking in entertainment value. Here are a couple of observations that didn’t make it into my story:

1. I love the Eagles being introduced to the “A-Team” theme song. Quality stuff. I don’t remember her name, but the student who sang the national anthem did a nice job as well.

2. The second half was a little chippy, but the Patriots stepped it up in the final 40 minutes. FA coach Andrew McCarthy gave plenty of respect to the visiting side in his postgame comments, which somehow my tape recorder managed to pick up despite the fact that a speaker was blaring about 20 yards away.

Here’s what he said:

“All respect to Parrott,” he said. “Second half, they caused us a lot of problems. They played very direct and we struggled a bit in the second half. They were a good, hard-working team.”

I will say this: If the Eagles play 80 minutes against the Warriors with the same cohesiveness and skill that they displayed in the opening stages against Parrott Tuesday night, the greater Wilson area will be in for quite a show on Friday afternoon.

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Jack Ward had a hat trick before halftime as Fayetteville Academy pushed past Arendell-Parrott, 4-1, Tuesday night in a State 2A playoff contest at Jordan Soccer Field.
The Eagles (12-4-4) advance to face top-seeded Fayetteville Christian, a winner over Cape Fear Academy on penalty kicks Tuesday, in the North Carolina Indpendent Schools Athletic Association Semifinals on Friday at 3 p.m. in Wilson.
The teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 11 at Jordan Soccer Field and FCS took a 3-1 overtime win on its home turf on Sept. 30.
“We had a great start,” Fayetteville Academy coach Andrew McCarthy said. “In the first half, I thought we played really well. Especially those first 25 minutes.”
In that span, the Patriots (10-10) plucked the ball out of their own net four times.
Ward set up the first goal, sending a cross from the left edge of the penalty box to a wide open Hunter Bigler in the sixth minute.
Bigler calmly slotted the ball in the lower left corner from about 15 yards out to start the night’s scoring.
In the 11th minute, Fayetteville Academy broke down the Patriot defense again when Nick Brown dribbled into the box on the left-hand side.
Brown passed to Ward, standing near the penalty spot, who slammed it home for a 2-0 lead.
Campbell recruit Jackson Ferrell set up the third goal when he won a 50-50 ball in the center circle and sent a long pass ahead to Ward while suffering a yellow-card worthy foul from Parrott’s Forrest Hester.
The referee played the advantage, allowing Ward to collect the ball in the box and beat the keeper with a low shot into the lower right corner of the net for a 3-0 tally.
Ward completed his hat trick in the 24th minute when he took a cross from Matt Christian and headed it home from point-blank range to make it 4-0.
Parrott got on the board after halftime on Blake Hodges’ strike in the 44th minute, but despite outshooting the hosts in the final period, the Patriots could draw no closer.
Rather than focusing on a third meeting with Fayetteville Christian, McCarthy was more interested in how his team must play to keep advancing in the postseason.
“I think what we have to do is play like we can play,” he said. “(We need to) concentrate on what we need to do  — and that’s for both games. If we can play like we need to play, we can cause teams problems. If we don’t, anyone can beat us.”

Contact Randy Capps at cappsr@fayobserver.com or 323-4848, ext. 354

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2 Responses to “Fayetteville Academy rolls on”

  1. Nickelo Says:

    Great to see you at the contest. The FO should also be commended for stepping up their coverage of the local soccer scene. The FA/FCS contest should be a good one Friday.

  2. Law 5 Says:

    Another well written collumn from you Randy. Well done and impressive showing your knowledge of the game in recognizing the advantage and not wondering “why didn’t the referee call the foul?” Keep up the good work!

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