The Siegel boys soccer team scored three perfectly executed goals Thursday night to defeat Stewarts Creek 3-0 and win its first District 7-AAA game of the season.
“I thought our execution tonight was much better than it was Tuesday night,” Siegel coach Clif Matlock said. “We actually worked on some of the stuff yesterday in practice.”
The first goal was a perfectly placed header by junior Jacob Kittrell five minutes into the game. Kittrell’s header floated past the Stewarts Creek defenders into the center of the goal.
“I actually took some time prior to the match to work on some headers, which is something I never do,” Matlock said. “I made everybody take a header, and of course, the first goal we get is off of a header, so I think that is something which will probably continue. He (Kittrell) said he felt he was a little bit lucky, but I’d rather be lucky than good.”
The Stars (3-6-3, 1-1-0 District 7-AAA) made it 2-0 with seven minutes left in the first half when senior Laith Alkhatib was in perfect position to kick the ball past a diving Stewarts Creek defender into the net.
“He did exactly what I wanted him to do,” Matlock said. “He kept up the pressure and he crashed in. He was able to get an easy goal. That was an effort goal.”
Early in the second half, Andrew White assisted Grant Turner. The ball skipped across the field and missed Tyler Normand. On the right side of the field, Turner took the pass and drilled it with his left foot into the back of the net before Stewarts Creek goalkeeper Hunter Meek could react.
“It was perfect timing,” Turner said. “It was a great ball by Andrew.”
“Grant’s been a little unlucky with his left foot this year,” White added. “It was nice seeing him score that left footer. He was well positioned, he struck it well.”
Down 3-0, Stewarts Creek (3-5-3, 0-1-2) made an aggressive attack on Siegel’s goal in the final 10 minutes but to avail.
“Our touch was a little bit off today,” Stewarts Creek coach Brooke Mayo said. “We’ve been going through the first year, new team struggles. My guys have a lot of heart, they’ve been really working hard. They’ve been working their butts off, I can’t complain.”