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Soccer: South boys' offense breaks out in win over North
Sparks helps War Eagles end 4-game slide
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South Forsyths Dennis Sparks, left, tries to keep the ball away from North Forsyths J.D. Michaud on Wednesday at Raider Valley. - photo by Jared Putnam

After scoring one goal in the previous four games combined, South Forsyth’s offense came alive.

Junior midfielder Dennis Sparks scored two goals as the War Eagles ended a four game losing streak and earned their first region win of the season in a 6-2 victory over North Forsyth on Wednesday at Raider Valley.

"We have been in a scoring drought," South head coach Tom Braun said. "We’ve been playing really well, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Tonight we found the back of the net six times, which is very good."

Sparks scored the game’s first goal when he received a nice through ball and outraced his defender to the right side of the box before kicking it past the keeper less than three minutes into the contest.

South junior midfielder Daniel Rech made his only shot on goal in the first half count with a goal from 20 yards out that tailed into the bottom left side of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Teammate Chris Mikus tacked on another goal in the 23rd minute after he beat a pair of defenders for a rebound off a shot by Owen Christiansen and got the second effort attempt off before the keeper could recover to give South (3-4, 1-4 Region 6-AAAAAA) a 3-0 advantage at halftime.

Sparks recorded his second goal of the night in the 44th minute as Mikus fed the ball over to him in the box for the easy goal.

"I was just decisive with my runs and when I got the opportunity I pulled the trigger and it went well," Sparks said. "I expect to finish and run up to the [ball] and get more goals.

"[The game] was important because beating [North] by a margin of four we’re in contention for the [Forsyth] County Cup, so that means a lot because it’s one step toward the playoffs."

Trailing 4-0, the Raiders (1-5-1, 1-4) pressed on offense and managed to rack up two goals in under one minute to close the gap to two in the 46th minute.

North’s Ryan Herbert connected with Jeff Michaud inside the box for the first goal, while Michaud returned the favor with an assist to Herbert on the left side of the goal for an easy shot.

The War Eagles quelled the momentum swing when Kevin Dennis received a throw in from deep inside North territory and kicked the ball past the keeper in the 50th minute. Brandt Hansen added to the lead with an unassisted goal seven minutes later to make the score 6-2.

"At times we were playing good and at other times we just totally weren’t really organized on the defense," North head coach Jeff Jager said. "We let them run through quite a bit on us without marking a man in the back. We’ve got to get things organized."