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Spartans take advantage of Jackets, 4-1


Central Davidson and Lexington both had several opportunities they let slip away.

The Spartans just had many more opportunities.

Charlie Killebrew scored a goal and assisted on three others as the Spartans cruised to a 4-1 Central Carolina Conference win over the Jackets at Spartan Community Stadium. Lexington dominated possession for a 15-minute stretch in the first half, but could only manage one goal during that stretch. Central, meanwhile, played to its strength of crisp passing and ball movement, which gave the visitors fits.

That was more like it for Central coach Chad Hench. “We put together one of our better passing games today,” said Hench, whose club moved to 2-1 in the CCC, 5-4-2 overall. “The wet conditions were a little worrisome for us, and we knew Lexington had a lot of ball skill.

“Everything just kind of clicked for us. I was really happy with the way we played tonight.”

The Spartans’ precision on offense was apparent early, but to no avail. Central had five shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, but could not find the back of the net. Finally, Collin Rountree sent a direct kick downfield to Dylan Collier, who touched it behind him to a breaking Killebrew. The junior striker had little trouble converting, and the Spartans led 1-0.

But Lexington bounced back. Dominating possession for the next six minutes, the Jackets fired seven shots at freshman keeper Andrew Curry. But every shot — no matter the distance or angle — seemed to head right to Curry, who barely had to move for the saves.

“We made him look good,” Lexington coach Tim DeZego said. “We got on a stretch there where we got our confidence underneath us, and we can play with anybody if we could just keep that going.

“But it seemed like every shot we took was right at the keeper, and the ones we took from far out weren’t on frame.”

The Jackets finally broke through with four minutes left in the half. Eric Rodriguez lined up a direct kick from the left sideline, and Ahmed Eltair headed it in to tie things up at 1-1.

Central responded almost immediately. Killebrew flipped a nice pass to Jose Rodriguez-Castillo in front of the net, and he put it away for an easy goal and a 2-1 Spartan advantage at the half. Five minutes into the second half, Killebrew lined up for a corner kick, and he lofted a beautiful ball to Spencer Snider. Snider headed it in to make it 3-1, and the Jackets were in trouble. The Spartans drove the final nail in the coffin — after missing on a handful of point blank opportunities — when Killebrew found Anderson Norris for an easy goal and the final margin.

Central visits West Davidson at Tyro Middle School on Wednesday, while Lexington (2-2, 7-5-2) welcomes Thomasville on Wednesday.



Jason Queen can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 220 or jason.queen@the-dispatch.com.