The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 25, 2013

Lotsa shots, but not many goals

Sports Correspondent

TARBORO — Tarboro took 42 shots on goal Monday night against the Northside Panthers. They just didn't do the right things at the right time to take advantage of those opportunities. Tarboro had three chances to win with a minute left in the match, but couldn't convert on any of the shots. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.

"We took a whole lot of shots, but we didn't finish them and that is the key," Tarboro coach Leshaun Jenkins said. "That amount of shots reflects a lot of confidence on offense, but I told them if they don't follow their shots then we aren't going to be successful offensively."

After the match, Jenkins told his team that he wasn't pleased with a tie, because he expected them to win. Looking at the stat sheet, Tarboro dominated the entire match and despite the late goal by Northside. Jenkins was correct, because Tarboro controlled the ball for almost 70 minutes of the 80 minute match.

Tarboro's defense held Northside to just 12 shots and six of them came midway through the second half. With 12 minutes left in the match, Tarboro goalie Jordan Williams and the Vikings defense froze in the middle of action as if the whistle had been blown to stop play. Northside played on and they were able to tie the match. Williams had eight saves.

"Jordan told me he thought the ball was going out of bounds so he stopped," Jenkins said. "He is still learning because he is a freshman, but I expect more from my defense because they are experienced."

Joey Lancaster got Tarboro on the board with nine minutes left in the first half. Lancaster used his speed in a one on one opportunity with the Northside goalie. The goalie came out of the box and challenged Lancaster, who flipped the ball over the goalie's outstretched hands and got control of the ball back and blasted a shot from 12 feet out to give Tarboro the 1-0 lead.

"Joey had a good one on one opportunity that he took advantage of," Jenkins said. "But I have to get these guys to understand that we can take all the shots in the world, but if they aren't going in the back of the net then it doesn't matter."

During the last three games, Tarboro has had numerous scoring chances, but are coming up short. Jenkins told his team after the match that during practice they take shots on goal that he expects to see in matches, but doesn't.

"We are going to work on finishing on offense," Jenkins said. "We also have to work on our set plays off of corner kicks. We just aren't being aggressive enough, because we are getting the ball up in the air, but we just aren't finishing."

Tarboro is back in action Thursday when they travel to play Rocky Mount.