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East Wake Academy shuts out Roxboro Community soccer

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WENDELL — East Wake Academy’s most prolific soccer scorer was definitely a marked man Wednesday, but his flock of Eagles still hit all the bull’s-eyes during a 3-0 victory over Roxboro Community Academy.

Senior Caleb Jordan successfully struck his 30th goal of the season in the second half, but it was a far cry less than the six he strung together in the previous meeting with the Bulldogs last month. He merely added insurance to the pair of points inserted in the opening 40 minutes.

Christian Moore headed home one of the squad’s five corner kicks to break the ice. Christian Jordan later used a dribble drive in the box to double the advantage before intermission. At that time, East Wake Academy owned a 16-4 total shot advantage.

For first-year head coach Bret Dixon, the execution and emotion seemed lacking. After all, his Eagles had flown to a 9-2 victory in the prior matchup. “Move the ball,” he said. “It is a very simple game if you move the ball. Move the ball. Move the ball. Move the ball quickly. Turn up the intensity.”

His advice paid off with 11 more chances, including a missed penalty kick. Though continually stymied by Bulldog pressure and solid goaltending repels, Caleb Jordan finally pounded past a toe-to-toe defender and rolled the ricochet past the encroaching keeper. He has now accounted for 78 percent of his club’s total scoring this fall either by his own foot or the seven assists handed out.

In another milestone at the Eagles’ home nest, freshman keeper Mattox Bryant topped triple figures in cumulative saves (105 overall) after denying 14 Roxboro Community rips. His shutout performance boosted East Wake Academy to fourth place in the North Central conference rankings.

With the win, East Wake Academy improved to 7-8 overall and 6-5 in the North Central conference. The loss put Roxboro Community down to 4-11 overall and 2-9 in the North Central conference. The Bulldogs are second to last place ahead of Triangle Math and Science Academy.

East Wake Academy’s next home game will be against Granville Central on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Roxboro Community will take on Henderson Collegiate at home Monday at 6 p.m.