Warriors lose home opener
BLOCKING A PASS ATTEMPT East Central Community College's John Theobald (left) slides in an attempt to block a pass from Bulldog Andrew Ryan Landry. Visiting Holmes won the match 1-0. Photo by Kyle Carter/The Meridian Star
By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Aug. 28, 2003
DECATUR A midafternoon rain proved to be both beneficial and detrimental for East Central Community College soccer team's home opener Wednesday.
While the summer shower lowered the temperature to a comfortable level, the wet field conditions wreaked havoc with the ball in the Warriors' 1-0 loss to the Holmes Community College Bulldogs.
Holmes forward Cody Dear notched the game's lone goal at the 39-minute mark of the opening half.
The Florence High School graduate nailed a side volley into the middle of the net following a scrum for a crossing pass after a Bulldogs' corner kick.
The Bulldogs' Oswaldo Sanchez picked up the assist on the goal.
Sanchez knocked the ball loose from the middle of a pack of Warrior defenders to get the pass to Dear for the goal.
ECCC did have its chances to tie the score throughout the game.
Warriors midfielder John Theobald ripped off a shot from the top of the Bulldogs' goal box with just under 11 minutes left in the first half that appeared to be heading for the back of the net.
But Holmes goaltender Chris Duncan was able to knock the shot over the top of the net.
Warriors forward Cyrus Doe also had a chance to tie the score early in the second half.
The ECCC sophomore picked up a pass from Theobald that threaded between two Holmes' defenders for a clear lane to the goal.
But Doe was stopped short on his run when the ball got stuck in a large puddle at the top of the Bulldogs' goal box.
Duncan, who played goal at Meridian Community College last season, recorded the shut out stopping 13 Warriors' shots in the win.
Brent Clark stopped eight of nine Bulldogs shots for ECCC.
The Warriors continue their season on the road against the East Mississippi Community College Lions at 1 p.m. Friday.