BEACH spoils opening day for Crusaders

Published 10:58 pm Friday, August 28, 2009

There’s another week until Suffolk has Friday night football. But on Friday afternoon at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church there was Friday afternoon football or futbol or soccer, as BEACH defeated First Baptist Christian School 10-2.

In the season-opening match for First Baptist, at what’s the school’s home field even though Westminster Church is a few miles from the school’s downtown home.

BEACH is an organization of athletic teams for homeschooled kids. The visiting Breakers scored less than three minutes into the match and kept going to a 6-0 halftime lead. BEACH wound up with 41 shots overall with 23 shots on goal.

First Baptist’s bright spot came early in the second half with a pair of goals within five minutes of each other.

The first Crusader goal started at the opposite end of the field with a long clearance by goalie Jason Whitlow. Paryn Grodi won the ball in midfield and passed into space for Pete Twisdale. Twisdale got passed the last BEACH defender, dribbled past the goalie and scored.

With a bit of aggression after the goal, the Crusaders kept pressing up the field. A corner kick by Twisdale bounced to the far post where Russell Ballance had a shot on goal saved but Luke Ognibene kicked the rebound into the open net, making it 7-2 BEACH.

The Crusaders (0-1) travel down to Ahoskie Christian for their next match, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.