Parkland’s Christian Little put a hard shot on goal a mere 23 seconds into Tuesday night’s match against Wilkes Central.
While the attempt clanked off the left post, the Mustangs still found the back net on multiple occasions in their 6-1 nonconference win over the Eagles at Wes Steele Stadium.
Unofficially, Parkland (2-0) attempted 31 shots, compared to just four for the Eagles, and Wilkes Central Head Coach Jim Caudill felt fortunate that the final margin wasn’t more.
“We didn’t do the simple things and up until this point, we’ve been really pleased because we’re improving every match and starting to grasp a hold of the simple things,” said Caudill. “Maybe we sort of forgot what the simple things were tonight and this team is one that you can’t have that happen against.
“They’re very comfortable with the ball, very functional with the ball, they change the ball,” added Caudill “They’re great in the air and if they could shoot, it may have been worse because they missed quite a few shots.”
Little would ultimately score the Mustangs’ first goal of the match as the sophomore rebounded home a ball in the eighth minute.
After Luke Guldberg scored in the 13th minute, Wilkes Central (0-4) cut the deficit in half when Brandon Lopez scored off a nice assist from Tradin Allen in the 28th minute.
The Eagles had a chance to notch the equalizer in the 31st minute, courtesy of a free kick, but Bram Koch’s shot on goal sailed over the cross bar.
Zaid Santo extended the advantage back to two with a goal in the 35th minute.
“If we can just get the ball up top and combine that, then you’ll get a goal like the one Brandon had,” said Caudill. “He’s so dangerous and he got a great pass from Tradin and it was great finish. They weren’t infallible, we just couldn’t expose them as much as we should have.”
The Eagles held the Mustangs scoreless for the majority of the second half but Parkland (2-0) broke through in the final 15 minutes of the match with three goals.
William Hernandez tallied two of those scores (in the 66th and 74th minutes) while Alex Anorve-Lopez scored in the 73rd.
A brutal nonconference schedule resumes for Wilkes Central on Monday with a visit from always-tough Forbush.
But before the Falcons venture to Moravian Falls, they’ll face the Mustangs in East Bend tonight.
“We need to really work on not giving the ball away; especially with the young guys, when they did win the ball, the next pass was to them or it wasn’t where we had a legitimate chance of getting it,” said Caudill. “That’s a problem when they’re playing defense as much as we did, then you’re going to get worn down and it’s going to be very difficult.”