Auburndale Tracks Down Fifth Consecutive Victory With Win Over Jenkins, 2-0
Sat. December 08, 2012 at 2:12 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By BILL KEMP
LEDGER MEDIA GROUP
LAKELAND | Whether it's offense, defense or just dominating field position, Auburndale's boys soccer seems to be doing no wrong at this juncture.
The Bloodhounds won their fifth consecutive game, shutting out rival George Jenkins 2-0 in a non-district matchup at Veterans Stadium on Friday. But maybe even more impressive, Auburndale has now outscored its opponents 24-3 in the five-game stretch.
"Jenkins was a nice match for us tonight. They really made us work hard," Auburndale head coach Guy Jennings said.
The Bloodhounds (11-1-1) controlled the field position throughout the entire first half, opening the way for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Bloodhounds junior Kendy Pierre opened the scoring with a shot in front of the net at the 14:29 mark of the first half and Matt Colquhoune picked up the assist.
Moments later, Nathan Richard added the dramatics with a header off a corner kick by Baron Williams, giving the Bloodhounds their last score with 6:20 remaining in the first half.
"Nathan is a senior leader and he plays center-back for us, but we send him up for the corner (kicks) and he elevated up and that was all Nathan," Jennings said.
Despite the lead and controlling field position, the Bloodhounds were only able to send four shots on goal.
"Jenkins really got behind the ball and defended well in the scoring third," Jennings said. "And we felt like after the second goal that we might get a couple more but they just wouldn't open for us. We're not a high-scoring team. We're a defensive team and that's why we've only given up a few goals this year."
The Eagles (6-5-1) won their last game against Lake Gibson on Wednesday but were playing Auburndale with a depleted roster.
Nick Polston has taken over in goal the past four games after regular starting keeper Blake Pollack was struck in the eye by an acorn last week.
Polston made four saves on the night.
"Blake has been a good keeper for us," Jenkins head coach Benji Bussell said. "Nick stepped up for us and he's been growing with each game."