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Pace Academy Kicks Off Season With 5-0 Win Over Cross Keys

Pace Academy's Jeffrey Ramos (#11) dribbles between Cross Keys defenders

On Thursday, the Pace Academy Knights boys soccer team opened up their season hosting the Cross Keys Indians, who came into the match up at 2-0. At the start of the game, the Knights would go to work almost immediately as they would score about two minutes into the game courtesy of a header goal by Samuel Bready, with Jeffrey Ramos getting credit for the assist and Pace would take the early 1-0 lead. Later, Bready, who finished with two goals on the night, would give Pace a 2-0 lead after he connected for his second goal with the assist from Jackson Washburn.

The Knights would go on to score three goals in the first half as Terry Noh would strike head on to give them a 3-0 lead. However, the story of the first half was the play of the backline line by the Knights, who held Cross Keys to less than five shots on goal in the first half and less than 10 in the second half and that was something that Pace Academy head coach, Lucas Moreno was happy to see. “That was very unique because that backline was missing three starters,” Moreno said adding that two of Thursday’s starters were freshman. “They stepped up and did a great job for us today,” Moreno said of his young players.

Following the win, Moreno noted that for his guys to open up the season with a dominating win over a team such as Cross Keys says a lot about his players. “Any time you talk about Cross Keys, that’s a big time program here in the state of Georgia. Those guys compete every year for a state championship,” Moreno said of the Indians. “For us to be able to come out and put the performance in that we were able to put in in a very dominating fashion speaks a lot about this group,” Moreno said of Thursday’s win over Cross Keys. Moreno would go on to say, that he was proud of being able to get the early win, especially over the caliber of team such as Cross Keys.


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