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Eden Raiders’ soccer off to quick start

BALL CONTROL — Senior Adam Brawdy (left) battles for possession of a loose ball during Eden’s 1-0 loss to Holland. Photo by Michael Petro.
Even without playing some of their best soccer, Eden has gotten off to a fast start in 2013.

Despite a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Holland on Monday (Sept. 16), the Raiders have shown strong promise to start the season, with three straight wins last week.

“We’ve played well enough to win three games in a row,” Eden head coach Tom Wall said. “They weren’t the best games we’ve played but we were able to shut the other teams out and get a couple goals.”

The Raiders capped off their three-game win streak with a 2-1 overtime win over Alden last week. Eden thoroughly outplayed Holland Monday — hitting a post late in the second half — but ultimately couldn’t capitalize despite multiple scoring opportunities.

“We moved the ball really well,” Wall said. “We created a lot more opportunities than we did against Alden. We just have to do a better job of finishing the opportunities we do get because I think we had better chances to score, we just couldn’t find the back of the net today.”

While the Raiders are a small team, they have a lot of players who can stretch the field and play consistent soccer.

“We have a really equal team,” said Wall. “Everyone really has a specific role to play. There’s not one or two guys that teams can really focus on. Our depth is spread pretty wide.”

While the team doesn’t have that one player to key in on each game, senior outside sweeper Jon Bley has led the offense. He has scored just once this season however, against Holland, he registered four shots and created multiple scoring opportunities in the second half.

“He’s really fast. He’s one of the quickest people on the ball I’ve coached in a while,” said Wall. “Once he gets a couple more (goals), he’ll get rolling.”

Chase Klawon scored the game-winner against Alden, which was assisted by Henry Ohmit.

Despite the loss to Holland, the Raiders can take some positives from the game and moving forward they should be a threat the rest of the season.

“We’re going to start to ramp it up a little bit and play a little better,” Wall said. “We’re just trying to find our groove still… We’ll see what we can do going forward.”

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