Beaufort Academy soccer shuts out Cathedral Academy
Beaufort Academy started its title-defending season off positively two weekends ago in Florence, where the Eagles garnered two wins and two ties at the Kings Academy Jamboree. On Thursday, Beaufort Academy (3-1-2, 1-0) got its first taste of defeat against St. Andrews, 2-1, but the Eagles responded by crushing Cathedral Academy, 6-0 at home Friday night to finish the week.
Coach Bill Dalton said after the win that his team had a few things going against them Thursday but also played markedly better Friday.
“St. Andrews is not in our region and we knew today would be the first region game. I had a kid who was a little hurt so I didn’t play him yesterday and we had a couple other kids that weren’t there because of other sports,” Dalton said. “We had a full array of players today which made a big difference. But we also played better. We took our chances. We had some chances last night that we didn’t finish. But I was very happy getting a shutout. David [Mathai] played a great game in goal.”
Those close to the team rave about the sophomore Mathai’s future (and present). Mathai stood out Friday with a couple impressive saves with 34 and 30 minutes left in the second half.
But the story of the night was sophomore Charlie Weeden who notched a hat trick with goals with 19 minutes left in the first half, six minutes left in the first and nineteen minutes in the second half.
After the game, Weeden, grinning, said it was his first hat trick ever.
“It feels really good,” he said. “I’ve been able to find some space. I used to play defense so it’s been a big change moving to offense.”
Dalton explained the position move.
“He came from Atlanta and He’s been a right back most of his life,” said the longtime coach. “We just converted him to forward. At the Jamboree this weekend he scored several goals and he had three here tonight. He could have had a couple last night so I think he’s going to get some goals for us this year. He’s playing really well.”
Dalton was thrilled to hear Kevin Williams, arguably the school’s most accomplished athlete right now (basketball, football, tennis), decided to join the team this year. Williams isn’t technically sound, but his frame and athleticism makes it hard to keep off the field.
“Kevin Williams came up to me and asked, ‘Coach, can I still play?’ I said sure. He helps a lot. He’s 6-foot-4 and can jump through the roof. He actually has a pretty good touch but he has a great motor running up and down the field. He’s a great header of the ball, he brings an intimidation factor and his ability to work, I think, brings everybody’s level up.”
Williams didn’t score but won a number of balls in the midfield. The other three Beaufort Academy scores were recorded by freshman Thomas Holiday with 25 minutes left in the first, sophomore Joe Stowe with 12 minutes in the second and senior captain Ryan Muniz with two minutes left in the game.
Beaufort Academy returns to action Wednesday at home against Hilton Head Prep.