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High school soccer: Set pieces key for North Hall boys soccer team in region win
Trojans scored three times after ball was set in motion
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North Hall's goalie Ty Smith blocks a shot from Cherokee Bluff at North Hall High School on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

By Diana Lewis 

Set pieces were the tool of choice for North Hall as they topped Cherokee Bluff 4-3 on Tuesday in Gainesville. 

A final set piece goal from North Hall’s Miguel Elias that would only solidify their strength they possess when having the ball at a stand still, scoring three of their four goals in that way. 

Both teams came into the game with hopes of taking home their first region win of the season, the Bears coming into the game only one win in the season and the Trojans holding up their balanced record of 2-2. 

Goals came in from headers and easy tap-ins but what gave the Trojans the win was a defensive wall that stuck together like glue to hold off the Bears. 

North Hall head coach Chris Shipe attributed the win to junior goalkeeper Ty Smith who had finger-tip save after a double header from the Trojans with 30 seconds left in the first half. 

“He (Ty Smith) has done great for us this season, he’s a huge part of our defense” Shipe said. 

Yexon Cruz opened the score for the Trojans in the 9th minute of the match when a low cross came in for an easy tap-in. 

Only one minute later, the Bears’ answered with a goal to level things out. 

Jacob Dickey and Issac Ramirez made the score 3-1 for the Trojans just before the half time whistle, but that seemed to have the Bears unbothered going into the second half.  

Over the course of the match, possession favored the Bears and their creativeness showed all through the night for the first year team. 

Wayne scored his second of the night to keep the Bears in the game followed by Kevin Velasquez who bent the ball over the wall of defenders and scored with two minutes left in the game. 

“We got a little sloppy in the second half, we need to clean up our possession especially in the middle of the field” Shipe said. “Switching the field is key for more goals to fall in the run of play.” 

North Hall visits Forsyth Central at 7:55 p.m. next Tuesday, while Cherokee Bluff hosts Dawson County on March 19 for their second region match of the season. 

NORTH HALL GIRLS 5, CHEROKEE BLUFF 3: Lydia Lewis had a first half hat trick for the Lady Trojans (2-2). Katelyn Wood and Greyson Behr each had a goal. For the Lady Bears, Lyla Migliore, Jazmin Alvarez and Bailey McKenzie each scored a goal. 

North Hall will visits Forsyth Central at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday.   

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