Prep soccer: River Oaks outkicks ACCS 5-1
NATCHEZ — Senior night was a forgettable night for the Adams County Christian School boys soccer team.
With standout striker Lester Wells hampered by a right knee injury, the Rebels’ offense struggled to get any consistency against River Oaks School in a 5-1 loss Wednesday.
The Mustangs’ 26 shots on goal were more than double the Rebels’ 11, and ACCS head coach Jimmy Allgood said not having Wells at full speed severely hampered his team.
“I’m not going to blame a loss on an injury, but without Lester at 100 percent, it’s kind of like trying to play football without a quarterback,” Allgood said.
River Oaks took a 2-0 lead into the half on goals by Jordan Sutton in the 12th and 27th minutes of play. Wells cut the lead to 2-1, 10 minutes into the second half off an assist by Dylan Galbreath.
But the Rebels wouldn’t score again, and Oak Forest made it 3-1 off a goal by Ryan Moore three minutes later. Alex Biedenharn scored for the Mustangs in the 22nd minute of the second half, and Ali Mousa tallied a goal in the 33rd minute.
Allgood said he was pleased with his team’s overall intensity for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but the entire first half was a lackluster performance.
“The intensity was low to non-existant in the first half,” Allgood said.
ACCS senior William Ladner said his team simply wasn’t ready for the kind of heat Oak Forest brought to start the game.
“Our opponents came out intending to beat us, and they played very serious and disciplined,” Ladner said. “We came out unprepared and unfocused, and we didn’t communicate like we usually do.”
The Rebels (16-5-1) will play at Central Private for their last regular-season game Friday.