Stallions Defeat North Moore Advance to Elite 8 in State Championship

Stallions Soccer Team Advances
Stallions Soccer Team Advances
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The “Running Stallions” from Queens Grant defeat North Moore High School 2-0. The Stallions coached by Mark Guercio continue their run for the Men’s Soccer 1A State Championship.

The game was a very intense and physical contest. Joe Piacesi “The Italian Stallion” scored the first goal on a counter attack at the 20:00 minute mark in the first half. The Stallions Captain who has speed and athletic quickness was triple teamed for the duration of the game by the Mustangs from Robbins, North Carolina.

The game went back and forth with the Mustangs gaining a slight edge on possession, however, the Stallions were getting the better opportunities to score. Jordan Trakas led a team centered defense who eliminated every offensive threat the Mustangs tried to develop throughout the game.

The Queens Grant defensive effort allowed only four shots on goal and none really challenging goalkeeper Jose Durate.

The second half was basically a mirror of the first half. A hard fought intense and physical contest between two solid teams. However, the Stallions caught a break when the Mustangs goalkeeper poorly distributed a ball and Luke Braswell pounced on the opportunity and scored the second goal for the Stallions.

The Stallions next opponent will be Bishop McGuinness on Saturday at a neutral site to be announced. This is expected to be a very physical game according to coach Guercio.

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