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AIS Eagles Improve To 11-0-2 And Extend Win Streak With Win Over Tough Campbell Team

AIS Eagles' Wesley Bruner (#6) battles with Campbell's Joshua Acevedo (#10) for ball possession

As the 2021-2022 Georgia High School Association soccer regular season end nears, the Campbell Spartans hosted the Atlanta International School Eagles in boys soccer action in a non-region match up. Both teams entered into Tuesday’s game having great seasons as the Spartans, at 12-1-1 heading into Tuesday game, were winners of 12 of 13 since losing their season opener and AIS was 10-0-2 and riding an eight game win streak heading into Tuesday night on the pitch. The Eagles proved to be the aggressor early on, having taken two shots on goal within the first couple of minutes of the game.

The aggressive play on the offensive end would lead to early momentum for the Eagles as they opened up the game with four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead with Mateo Bargagna who finished with three goals, Leo Zaller and Noah Kristensen connecting for goals.. Defensively, AIS made the night challenging for the Spartans as they were limited to less than five shots on goal in the first half, but would finally crack through the Eagles’ defense and score courtesy of a free kick in which Josh Acevedo would connect with a header goal to make it a 4-1 AIS lead.

In the second half, the Eagles would managed to once again extend their lead to four as Wesley Bruner would give them a 5-1 lead, and later lead 6-2. The Spartans would get a much needed goal from Tristen Benjamin late in the half, but it would not provide them with the spark they would need to go on a run to get the win as they would fall 7-3 to the Eagles. “Definitely a good win for us,” AIS head coach Jonn Warde said following the win on Tuesday, crediting Campbell for consistently playing them tough when the two teams meet up.

“It was a good opportunity for us to be battled tested get ready for the rest of the region and pplayoff games,” Warde said. The Eagles will now head into a stretch of three straight region games to close out the regular season and look to remain unbeaten in region play and capture the 1A Private Region 5 championship. However, in order to do so, Warde said that Tuesday’s game against Campbell showed them that there are a few things they will want to work on. “A couple of tactical adjustments on the defensive end, definitely some talking points there to clean up on the training ground,” Warde added.

Up next for the Eagles will be Wesleyan next Tuesday so they will have some time to go over those things before heading into their final three games of the regular season.


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