The 16- to 19-year-old Fort Benning Black Knights defeated the Crushers 4-1 in Columbus Youth Soccer Club play Monday at Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex in Columbus.
After several missed scoring opportunities by both teams, the Black Knights’ Nick Flores scored the first goal to put Fort Benning on top, 1-0. Asly Aleman kicked the ball over the goalie’s head and into the net to increase the Black Knights’ lead and followed it by scoring his second goal to cushion the lead to 3-0.
Following a scoring attempt by the Crushers that sailed over the top bar of the goal, Chris Reyes took the ball at midfield and drove the ball into the net to give the Black Knights a 4-0 lead at the end of the first half.
After both teams failed to score on several attempts, the Crushers’ Victor Hernandez capitalized on a penalty kick to close out the scoring with the Black Knights coming out on top 4-1.
“The team did well in the first half, but not so great in the second half,” Black Knights coach Jeff Morataya said. “There were a lot of chances to score in the second half, but they got too confident, were more laid back and just didn’t want to play. We need to be more aggressive and go for the ball instead of waiting for it.”
Aleman said the Black Knights were able to keep the pressure on so the Crushers couldn’t catch up.
“We had good offense and defense, passing and we communicated,” he said.
The team was better at communicating on the field than in the past, Aubrey Parker said.
“Normally, we kick the ball and it goes wherever, but this time, we talked with each other and worked as a team,” she said.
The Black Knights are now 4-1. They will take on The River City Strykers at 6 p.m. Monday, while the Crushers battle Columbus United at 7:30 p.m. Both games are at Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex at Field No. 7.