Soccer: Chapel Hill 4, Carrboro 0

Tigers getting off to a fast start

ewarnock@newsobserver.comAugust 30, 2013 

— One of the best things about Carrboro’s performance last week against Chapel Hill is that the Jaguars have it behind them.

“I wish this had been 1-0 or 2-0 and then I could say that we played with great effort, but I can’t,” Carrboro head soccer coach Jared Drexler said after Chapel Hill shut out his Jaguars 4-0 last Monday.

“The good thing is that this happened early in the season. We have a chance to get this out of the way and learn from it as we get ready for conference play.”

In its first two weeks of play, Chapel Hill has learned that its Tigers are for real – living up to their billing as the state’s No. 11-ranked 3A soccer team.

“Quite frankly, we have some really good players,” Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson said. “If they play as well as they can play, we’ll do some damage.”

Chapel Hill (4-0-0) had little trouble doing that at Carrboro (1-1-1).

The Tigers got most of their good chances in the first half, but managed just one goal in the opening 40 minutes against Carrboro goalkeeper Murat Calikoglu.

“He smothered quite a few,” Benson said.

Nate Hebert finally got one past Calikoglu for his first goal of the young season.

“It felt good to get a goal,” Hebert said. “They came out strong in the first half, but we just ground it out and in the second half we were able to really play our game.”

Chapel Hill got three goals in relatively quick succession in the second half, with John Walden, Luke Ciocca and Fisher each getting one goal against Carrboro second-half keeper Richard Cato.

Chapel Hill allowed Carrboro almost no offensive chances in the second half. Justus Heizer saved all three of Carrboro’s shots on goal in the first half; after Chapel Hill switched keepers at halftime, CHHS goalie Brandon Walker never faced a shot on goal in the second half.

Wednesday, Hebert scored three goals in the first 25 minutes of Chapel Hill’s 5-1 blowout of Northern Durham – the first two in the 11th and 12th minute – making him the team leader in goals with four. Ben Fisher assisted on Hebert’s first goal, giving him a team-high five assists, and scored the last goal himself unassisted. Luke Ciocca also scored, his goal putting CHHS up 3-0 in the game’s 13th minute.

Chapel Hill scored at least four goals in each of its first four games, with eight different Tigers getting at least one. Eleven of Chapel Hill’s 17 goals came off assists, with Fisher getting one in each game.

“The nice thing is that we have a lot of people who can score, and we have a lot of people who can assist,” Benson said.

“College coaches are always looking for people who can finish, but what they really look for are people who can put the ball at someone else’s foot and assist,” Benson said.

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