Central's Killebrew erupts for six goals
Wed. September 26, 2012 at 11:41 p.m. | By Jason Queen
Central Davidson’s Charlie Killebrew breaks free and kicks in one of his six goals against East Davidson on Wednesday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
Forget a hat trick. Charlie Killebrew went for a touchdown.
Killebrew scored a school record-tying six goals Wednesday to lift Central Davidson to a 6-3 Central Carolina Conference win over East Davidson at Spartan Community Stadium. East broke open a scoreless tie with a goal midway through the first half, and Killebrew tied things back up with his first goal 30 seconds later.
From there, he kept finding himself in scoring position. And he took advantage of nearly every opportunity.
Two Spartans were dismissed from the team Monday, meaning Killebrew — and other team leaders — will have to pick up the pace. He certainly did that Wednesday. “The whole team has been overcoming the adversity,” Killebrew said. “I think we’ve all stepped up to the challenge.”
That was true on this night, when the junior striker tied a school record with his six goals. “It seemed like it was rapid fire, kind of boom-boom-boom,” Central coach Chad Hench said. “Killebrew had a great night, obviously.
“We kind of felt if he got the ball at his feet, he had a chance to beat them.”
Salvador Pecina got free down the right sideline 15 minutes into the game for East, and Victor Finlay sent a nice pass his way. New Central keeper Andrew Curry came out of the net a little far, leaving Pecina with an easy shot into the net for a 1-0 East lead.
But just 30 seconds later, the Killebrew show began. Collin Rountree sent a free kick downfield, and it found Killebrew around the 25. He dribbled through a little traffic, then finished for a 1-1 tie. He struck again less than a minute later, when Anderson Norris lofted a perfect throw-in to the front of the net. Killebrew controlled it, and slapped it in with his left foot to give the Spartans a 2-1 advantage.
He capped off the improbable outburst when he came up with a steal around the 30 that led to a breakaway opportunity. East keeper Adam Davis dove to try to stop the shot at the left post, to no avail. Just like that, Central led 3-1.
East coach Paul McIntyre had to give credit where it was due. “Charlie is just a phenomenal player,” he said. “He can pass, he can dribble, he can shoot, he can do it all.”
Killebrew added another goal with 9:17 left, this time on a free kick from just outside the box after an East hand ball. He had another goal wiped out moments later by a Central foul in the box.
East cut the lead to 4-2 at the half on Ryan McIntyre’s direct kick from the 20, but Killebrew responded with two more goals. He was fouled in the box with 25 minutes left, and converted the penalty kick easily. Finlay countered with a goal of his own on a penalty kick, but Killebrew capped off the scoring with a breakaway goal into the left corner of the net.
Curry finished with five saves for the Spartans, and Dylan Collier was credited with one assist.
Central moved to 1-1 in the CCC, 4-3-2 overall. East fell to 1-2, 3-6-3.
The Spartans visit Ledford on Thursday, while East hosts West Davidson on Monday.
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