Winning night for Callaway
Published 11:08 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The plan is coming together nicely for the Callaway Cavaliers.
In the offseason, head coach Mike Petite and the other members of his staff put a heavy focus on improving the team’s offensive efficiency.
So far, so good.
With Thursday’s 5-0 win over Mount Zion at Callaway Stadium, Callaway is 3-0, and it has scored 12 goals in those three games combined.
“We talked in the offseason about what we wanted to do, and we needed to get a system in place, a plan with this is what we want to do with the offense,” Petite said. “I thought we had the personnel to do it, and our guys really bought in. It’s not just whack and chase anymore. It’s purposeful. We’re possessing for a reason. We have a plan in place for when we get the ball forward, what to do. We’re scoring all kinds of ways right now.”
One of the men who is scoring goals with regularity is Joe Neese, who had two goals and an assist against Mount Zion.
Jostin Raymundo, Nick Smith and Nelson Herrera each had one goal, and Elbin Jacob, Blake Eubanks and Herrera each had an assist.
Callaway has road games against Landmark Christian and Lamar County next week as it looks to stay unbeaten.
“We’ve got a long way to go and the opponents are going to get better, but you can’t be disappointed with the start,” Petite said.
In the girls’ game, Callaway eased to a 10-0 victory.
Keeley McGuffin had a monster game with six goals, while Alyssa Niner had a hat trick with three goals.
Ashley Bowdon also had a goal for Callaway, which improved to 2-1 with its second consecutive win.
Because of a wet field, Callaway has played both of its home games at Callaway Stadium with its artificial turf.
Callaway lost its first game at Callaway Stadium 1-0 to Tatnall Square Academy, but the second game at the stadium went a lot better.
“That was the first time we’d played this season (at Callaway Stadium), and we struggled adjusting to everything,” said Callaway head coach Shonna Yawn. “I think that’s why we played better tonight. We’d already been out here once this season.”
Callaway followed up that loss to Tatnall Square Academy with a 5-0 road win over McDonough before thumping Mount Zion to move above .500.
“We’ve got five seniors this year, and we brought up some girls from JV last year, and they’ve really come in and are playing some key parts, filling in spots from where we graduated some,” Yawn said. “I think we’ve got a really good team, we have a really healthy team, which helps. Last year we were injured a lot. I’m very positive about this group of girls.”