Robertson scores three goals, Bruins advance
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, November 4, 2018
CAMDEN — The Camden boys soccer team defeated East Carteret 5-0 Saturday afternoon in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A state playoffs at Camden Community Park.
With the win Camden (12-8-4), the 1A East Region’s No. 11 seed, advances to the second round Tuesday against No. 6 seed Southside (18-1-0).
Southside was the Coastal Plains Conference regular season champion and earned a bye into the second round.
Camden was paced offensively by senior Kevin Robertson who scored three goals in the second half.
Robertson played a role in Camden’s first goal in the first half.
Robertson, who was near the sideline, passed the ball into the 18-yard box and within five yards of the goal near the foot of Alix Cohen.
Cohen was able to beat his defender and the East Carteret goalkeeper and put the ball in the net to give Camden a 1-0 lead.
Robertson helped put the game out of reach in the second half with three goals that were shot low that the Mariners goalkeeper could not handle.
Camden coach Preston Kuno noted that Robertson’s leadership is important.
“If you put the ball at his feet, he can make something happen,” Kuno said. “We just have to try to get him the ball.”
Spencer Middelton scored the final goal of the match.
The Bruins had multiple opportunities to break open the contest in the first half, but on those chances, Camden could not settle the ball to get a shot on goal.
No. 22 seed East Carteret (1-8) had chances on goal but Camden goalkeeper Luke Wiseman made multiple tough saves.
That included a kick save in the first half and a diving save on a shot to the top left corner of the goal in the second half to help the Bruins maintain a one-goal lead.
“One thing that a lot of people don’t realize in soccer is momentum,” Kuno said. “They score that goal and it’s 1-1. Now they’re excited. They’re pumped and the whole game is different. We probably don’t put four more in.”
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 6-6 record in the Albemarle Athletic Conference and finished tied for second with John A. Holmes and Gates.
The Bruins were given the No. 2 designation for state playoff purposes, which led to a first-round home playoff game.
Kuno noted that having a home game in the playoffs meant the world, especially having the crowd behind the team.
Vance Charter School 1, John A. Holmes 0: The Aces (10-12-1) fell in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs at Vance Charter Saturday.
Edenton, which finished the regular season in the AAC tied for second place, was the No. 17 seed in the tournament.
Currituck 6, Vance County 0: The No. 13 seed Knights (11-7-2) cruised to the first-round victory Saturday evening at Currituck.
Greene Central 5, Pasquotank 2: The Panthers (8-5-2), the No. 25 seed in the East Region, ended their season in the first round of the state playoffs at Greene Central Saturday.
Roanoke Rapids 8, Northeastern 0: Northeastern (7-9-2), the No. 29 seed fell to the No. 4 seed Yellow Jackets at Roanoke Rapids Saturday evening. Roanoke Rapids (17-0-1) will host Currituck in the second round.