Carrollton (13-2-1) scored its first goal just over one minute into the game, as Homero Perez’s free kick was mishandled by the War Eagle keeper and Joseph Ingui was there to put the ball in the back of the net.
“We were fortunate on that first goal, it was kind of a fluke goal,” Trojan coach Scott New said. “It felt good to get that early goal. It’s always, that first one’s always the toughest in any game you play. So we were happy to get that one and get a little confidence into our game.”
Carrollton had a chance to go up two goals at the nine-minute mark, as a Chestatee player was called for a hand ball in the box and the Trojans were awarded a penalty kick. Perez took the attempt to the bottom right, but the Chestatee keeper was able to push it wide and keep the score 1-0.
The Trojans would score a pair of goals off Ingui long throws. In both the 13th minute and the 22nd minute, Trey Camp was able to connect with the throw to give Carrollton a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
“We thought we had some stuff on some of our set pieces that we could take advantage of, and we did a good job executing them,” New said. “I thought we played hard that first half and were able to put a few in. It’s always good to start off that way. You just have to make sure you avoid a second-half letdown and let the other team in.”
In the second half, Chestatee (12-7) pushed forward and put continuous pressure on the Carrollton defense. Finally, at the midpoint of the half, the War Eagles ended the shutout and got on the board as Marcos Rebollar headed the ball over Carrollton keeper Dylan Hobert to make the score 3-1 with 20 minutes left in the game.
“They put an extra player into the attack and tried to get forward. We got a little bit too spread out and had to defend too much territory. That’s natural when you give up a goal like that, they get a little boost in their step,” New said. “We had to make sure that we respond and don’t let another one go.”
The Trojans responded with eight minutes left, as Kevin Sosa took a long pass on a break and was able to score for a 4-1 Carrollton lead.
“When they do put numbers up [you have to] be able to counter,” New said. “We were able to do that and get that fourth goal by Kevin when they put all those numbers up. We were able to get a nice ball into him and he was able to put the ball away.”
It was Sosa’s first game back with the team after being stuck in Italy for two weeks.
“We appreciate [West Georgia F.C. coach] Bill Rucker. He needs a lot of credit. He sacrificed a lot, and we’re excited that he did that,” New said. “It’s amazing the work he did in getting him home. All the guys are excited to have him back, and it’s business as normal on the practice field.”
The Trojans will continue its business against the winner of the Dalton versus Riverwood matchup next week in the second round.