Tucker Downs (pictured attacking, defended by senior Eric Smith) buried a hard shot from just outside the box late in the first half this evening to get the game-winner in Coach Jeff Roger’s 500th win as Glendale’s coach. The match was much tighter then the score would indicate as the Tigers played disciplined ball and matched the Falcon’s work rate throughout the evening. The depth and range of attacking options available to Glendale opened things up midway through the second half however and Devon Newport took advantage of that when from the throw in, the Falcon’s moved the ball up the right side, found Newport who dribbled towards the penalty spot. As defenders moved with him, he suddenly turned and sent a hard low shot back across the box to get the first of two goals on the evening.
Waynesville did not back down. It might well have been a different game had not Ryan Partch cleared a ball off the line in the 62nd minute, preventing the Tigers from narrowing the lead to one. Shaun Morris scored in the 65th minute to provide additional breathing room and one more Newport goal completed the scoring for the evening.
There was a short ceremony following the match that included a wide range of former players, parents and the girls team to recognize the goal. Coach Josh Scott of the Waynesville Tigers, in his second season as head coach, also offers his thoughts on the game and Jeff Rogers 500th (Quicktime required).
I’ll post my interview with Coach Rogers on the milestone in the next day or two (I’m buried folks). In the meantime, visit JeffRogers500.com to offer your congratulations to Coach.