Niles soccer team blanked Benton HarborPublished 10:33pm Thursday, September 3, 2009
BENTON HARBOR – The Niles varsity soccer team blanked host Benton Harbor 8-0 in the Big 16 Conference West Division opener for both schools.
The Vikings (3-3-1, 1-0 West) took a 7-0 lead at halftime and then ended the game early by scoring their eighth goal.
Christian Rackley scored a pair of goals and added an assist for Niles.
Rackley opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a cross from Cicone Palmore.
Dustin Wright made it a 2-0 contest with a goal in the 21st minute off an assist from Derrick Nzabakira.
The lead reached 3-0 on a goal by Jonathan Eddy in the 26th minute with an assist from Rackley, who then made it 4-0 with a goal in the 29th minute as Eddy returned the favor and assisted on the play.
The final three goals of the opening half were scored by Palmore in the 33rd minute, Eddy in the 39th minute and Angel Magana just 10 seconds later.
Pierce Knoll had the assist on Eddy’s goal.
The lone goal of the second half came just three minutes into the period when Kassim Dafa scored.
“At the beginning of the game, Benton Harbor applied a lot of pressure to the ball and we were forced to spread the field, which is want we want to do anyways,” Niles coach Jerry Holtgren said. “It was an opportunity to try people in different positions and experiment with some different combinations.”
Niles 7, Benton Harbor 0
N – Christian Rackley 4th minute (Cicone Palmore assist)
N – Dustin Wright 21st minute (Derrick Nzabakira assist)
N – Jonathan Eddy 26th minute (Rackley assist)
N – Rackley 29th minute (Eddy assist)
N – Palmore 33rd minute (Pierce Knoll assist)
N – Eddy 36th minute
N – Angel Magana 39th minute
N – Kassim Dafa 43rd minute
Shots on goal
Niles 23, Benton Harbor 0
Niles 0, Benton Harbor 10