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The DASH United boys soccer team captured the NCHEAC Eastern Conference championship with a 2-1 victory against the Wilmington Home Schoolers.
DASH ruled the conference with a 7-1 mark and improved its overall record to 10-4-2. United locked up the top seed in the NCHEAC tournament.
Before defeating Wilmington, DASH suffered a 2-0 loss to the North Wake Storm.
Against Wilmington, DASH took a 1-0 halftime lead. With some 21 minutes elapsed, Josh Biller scored on an assist from Tim Bizzell. DASH owned a 13-2 margin in shots the first half.
Midway the second half, Wilmington netted the equalizer during a scrum in front of the DASH goal.
A free kick with some six minutes remaining proved decisive for DASH. Off a Bizzell free kick near the 18-yard box, Joe Rasmussen drilled in the DASH’s second goal. DASH survived Wilmington’s 11-5 advantage in shots.
DASH goalkeeper Dominic Schell registered six saves, three in each half. Defender Caleb Adams also had a save.
“Having Eric Barry (sophomore) back from a high ankle sprain helped a lot, even with him still hobbling a little bit,” said DASH coach Steve Barry. “His physical presence and leadership settles the whole team down.”
Against North Wake, DASH fell behind 2-0 in the first 13 minutes. The 2-0 margin stood at intermission and the match was stopped because of lightning approximately 10 minutes into the second half.
DASH wound up with four shots as compared to six for North Wake. DASH defender Justin Strickland recorded two saves.
Said Coach Barry: “We came out flat and, against your rival, you just can’t afford to do that.”
Barry commended the play of eighth-grader Nathan Drake, who steppped in for sophomore Austin Manley (broken leg against Rocky Mount Academy).