The Cavaliers dropped their first game of the season last night in a battle at Greenwood High School. Greenwood got off to a good start against the Cavs and were able to mount pressure on the Cavaliers back line, despite Dorman having quite a bit of possession. Some untimely turnovers allowed Greenwood’s Hykeem Martin to break free on a counter attack. Dorman goalkeeper Sammy Arteaga charged out of goal to smother the ball, but Martin took a touch around Arteaga and slotted the ball into the goal from a very tight angle. Dorman went into half down 1-0, but responded with a good start to the 2nd half. The Cavaliers again were able to possess the ball through the midfield, but were lacking that final pass to break through the Eagles back line. About 20 minutes into the 2nd half Greenwood broke free on a counter attack and after a scramble at the top of the box Greenwood’s Miguel Flores was able to cut across the back line of the Cavaliers and slot the ball into the net, doubling the Eagles lead. The Cavaliers, however, did not fold. Greenwood dropped back and the Cavaliers went on the attack pressing against Greenwood and locking them into their own half. With 10 minutes left Landon Hosom took a free kick from 50 yards out that he placed in the box. The ball bounced around for a minute before finding the foot of Shawn Lilly II who buried it away to bring the Cavaliers to life. After Dorman keeper Sammy Arteaga made two critical saves on counter attacks by Greenwood, Dorman pressed up field higher to find an equalizer. With 2 minutes remaining the Cavaliers won a corner kick that they put in the back of the net; however, after celebrating, the referee called the goal back stating that Dorman interfered with the Greenwood keeper. The Cavaliers fall to a record of 2-1-3 on the season and will face 5A top 5 Wade Hampton at Cavalier Soccer Stadium on Monday night. The girls will also host Wade Hampton starting at 6pm that night with the boys following.
On a positive note, the JV boys team was again impressive beating Greenwood 4-1. Nathan Bates and Alex Arteaga each had two goals for the Cavaliers. They improve to 2-0 on their young season.