North, South boys fin­ish in dead­lock

Eas­ton stars have hand in all four team goals

Times-Record - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — It was ap­pro­pri­ate Car­los Her­nan­dez, who pro­vided so many high­lights for Eas­ton High’s boys’ soc­cer team, fin­ished his high school play­ing ca­reer at home Tues­day night.

Also fit­ting was how the War­rior stand­out had a hand in half of his team’s scor­ing.

Her­nan­dez, a four-year star re­cently named North Bay­side Player of the Year for a third straight sea­son, scored one goal and as­sisted another in the an­nual Bay­side Con­fer­ence boys’ se­nior all-star game at War­rior Sta­dium.

Her­nan­dez’s long­time team­mate, An­drew Daly, scored twice, as the North and South bat­tled to a 4-4 tie.

“I’m happy. It was a great time com­ing out here, get­ting a goal and an as­sist, on my home field,” said Her­nan­dez, who to­taled 35 goals and 50 as­sists in four years. “It feels good.”

Play­ing along­side ri­vals took a lit­tle ad­just­ment, Her­nan­dez said, but not much.

“It was kinda hard at first... but we got used to it,” Her­nan­dez said. “We got go­ing, and we got knockin’; we played good after a few min­utes.”

After nearly 20 score­less min­utes of back-and-forth play high­lighted by a num­ber of one-on-one du­els for loose balls, Stephen De­catur’s Andy McCann struck a shot that car­omed past North keeper Drew Brew­ster (North Caro­line) for a 1-0 South lead with 20:07 to go un­til half­time.

Her­nan­dez pro­vided the North’s re­sponse 44 sec­onds

later with a blast that tied the game. The Eas­ton star as­sisted on the next scor­ing play, his free kick go­ing to Queen Anne’s County’s Austin Thomas, who headed it past South keeper Justin Ball (Park­side, six saves) to give the North a 2-1 ad­van­tage in the 22nd minute of play.

Wash­ing­ton’s Mo­hammed Jalal pulled the South even in the 34th minute for a 2-2 half­time score.

Daly was a one-man show in the sec­ond half, scor­ing the North’s third goal off a re­bound with ex­actly 37 min­utes left, and adding another a few min­utes later.

But the sec­ond one proved to be his fi­nal touch, after he suf­fered a freak in­jury.

Charg­ing in on the South goal, Daly closed with keeper Noah Shock­ley (Stephen De­catur, five saves). Shock­ley reached the ball first, and tried kick­ing it out of the 18yard box. But the at­tempted clear went right into left leg of Daly, who dropped to the ground in­jured, while the ball rolled into the left side of the net to for a 4-2 lead. Daly, who was cred­ited for the score, was es­corted off the field by team­mates but didn’t re­turn.

Coach­ing some of the North’s top play­ers was fun for Kent Is­land head coach Lin Out­ten.

“We didn’t do much coach­ing re­ally,” Out­ten said. “You get them in their nat­u­ral po­si­tions, or mostly in their nat­u­ral po­si­tions, and they took it from there. It just shows you that they’re smart kids; know how to play . ... It was pretty much plug-and-play.”

Peter Gu­toskey (James M. Ben­nett) scored with 24:42 to go in reg­u­la­tion, his free kick thread­ing its way through a North wall and just past Brew­ster to make it 4-3. With 7:33 to go, Sean Fisher (Park­side) scored the equal­izer. It stayed that way de­spite sev­eral chances by each team, in­clud­ing two cor­ner kicks for the North in the fi­nal 90 sec­onds of play.

For Eas­ton head coach Matt Blue, who said good­bye to four of his play­ers, it was a fun way to go out.

“The Eas­ton guys played well tonight; I think An­drew had two goals, and Car­los had one goal and

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Colonel Richard­son’s Nick Nagel, left, and Drew Brew­ster from North Caro­line mug for the cam­era after the 2016 Bay­side Boys’ Soc­cer Se­nior All-Star Game at Eas­ton High on Nov. 22, 2016.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton’s Car­los Her­nan­dez con­trols the ball dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Bay­side Con­fer­ence se­nior all-star soc­cer game Tues­day evening at Eas­ton High School.

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