After starting the season 0-6, the Elkin Buckin’ Elks soccer team found a reason to celebrate on Tuesday night as it found its first win of the season over West Stokes. Earlier this season, the Elks lost to the Wildcats by a one-goal margin. This time, the Elks got the redemption they were looking for as they came away with a 3-1 win.
In the first half, things started off a bit choppy for both teams, as West Stokes controlled most of the possession. Elkin’s defense came up big in the first half as they made several crucial stops to keep the Wildcats from scoring. Just as it looked as though West Stokes would get its first goal of the night, Elkin’s Harrison Hall made a huge stop in the midfield in the 15th minute.
The Elks lost possession in the 18th minute which lead to a breakaway and then ultimately to a corner for the Wildcats. The corner saw a huge play come from Jarrett Peterson as he saved the ball off the goal line and found the feet of Said Islas to give the Elks a breakaway. The stop put a fire in Elkin, as it started to build pressure out of the back and play the ball through its outside midfielders. This strategy put the Wildcats at a disadvantage due to Elkin’s speed and strength on the wings. Islas found himself with a two-on-one situation, and tried to make the most of it as he swept past the West Stokes defender and the keeper, but he missed the goal by less than a foot.
West Stokes took advantage of Elkin’s midfield in the 23rd minute, as the Wildcats found a free-kick at midfield after the referee made a questionable foul call on the Elks. The free-kick gave the Wildcats time to settle down, which was enough for them to score the first goal of the night to take a 1-0 lead over the Elks. The Elks didn’t waste any time, as less than five minutes later Islas took advantage of a blunder by the West Stokes defense and tied the game with a chip into the back of the net. The Elks had earned their tying goal they needed right before the half.
In the second half, with 18 minutes left in the game, Islas found another goal for the Elks to give them a 2-1 lead. Islas found the net after the ball dropped to his feet in the 18-yard box. The Elks weren’t done scoring, as Jack Turner found a third goal for the Elks in the 73rd minute to put the game out of West Stokes reach. As he final whistle blew, the Elks earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over West Stokes.
Elkin’s record moves to 1-6 overall, its next game is Sept. 8 against Mount Airy. Results were not availible by press deadline.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.