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Gamecocks kick past CHS, 4-1

Posted: April 2, 2013 11:44 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 Sumter scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of play and then, went on to a 4-1 win over Camden in a non-region boys’ soccer match played last Thursday.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 3-5 overall heading into this week’s spring break.
It was a CHS mistake on the defensive end on Sumter’s initial attack which led to the first Gamecock goal. A Bulldog defender was called for a foul, giving SHS a free kick from the right corner, just outside the box. The guests turned the opportunity into a goal as a header found its way into the right corner just 30 seconds into the contest.
Another defensive lapse, as Camden failed to clear the ball out of its zone, led to Sumter picking off the pass and scoring from point-blank range for a 2-0 lead in the fourth minutes. Five minutes later, the visitors scored again on a breakaway goal on which the CHS defense came up too far and were beaten on a through ball and sent a pass to the middle of the field for a goal and the 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs reached the scoreboard in the 14th minute when Moises Mata received a penalty kick after being dragged down in the box.
“We did a nice job of working the ball through the midfield and passed the ball to Moises,” said CHS first-year head coach Mark Chickering. “Moises then dribbled through a couple of defenders before being dragged down.”
Sumter closed the scoring when it scored on a penalty kick in the 18th minute of play.
The slow start and mistakes on the defensive end of the field all but did the Dogs in against the 4A Gamecocks.
“Once again, we came out flat,” Chickering said. “Obviously, we are still having problems with our defense, at times. But as a team, we have to come out stronger.
“It seems like every game we give up goals in the first 10 minutes and dig a hole for ourselves. We are just not good enough offensively to overcome that type of deficit. We are lacking any real offensive threat right now. We are going to have to fight to score goals.”
After the opening 10 minutes, Chickering said his team played a solid match.
“Save for the first 10 minutes,” he said, “I thought we played pretty well. We did a lot of good things offensively, but, we just could not finish our chances.
“Our effort was good we just dug ourselves too big of a hole. We have to find some way to keep ourselves in the match in the first 10 or 15 minutes.”

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