Chris Bourne scored two goals within the first two minutes of the second half to lead T.C. Williams to a 4-1 victory over host West Springfield last night in a Virginia AAA Northern District soccer game.
Williams (5-1) trailed at the half, 1-0, on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute by Eric Meier. But the Titans used a swarming offense to outshoot West Springfield in the second half, 7-4, and gain the momentum.
"I didn't expect it to be this easy," said Williams Coach Joe Pisciotta. "In the first half we weren't talking or communicating. West Springfield had my defense totally confused. They dominated the first half, but the second half was ours."
West Springfield (3-1) appeared ready to make Meier's first goal of the season stand as it dropped into a conservative, defensive style later in the first half. The Spartans used an offside trap effectively nine times, but poor play on the back line often left goalkeepers Paul Dzierski and David Johnson facing breakaways. Each allowed two goals.
Bourne tied the game in the 41st minute. He stole a clearing pass at the left point, broke in with a two-on-one advantage and beat Dzierski to the left corner.
Less than a minute later, Bourne, who later moved to sweeper for defensive purposes, scored the game-winner, a 30-foot turnaround shot into the right side of the goal.
Williams' transition game, which made the most of the Spartans' pressing offense, made it 3-1 at 60 minutes. Chris Nazaris lofted a lazy shot into the box from the right side. Johnson came out to meet the ball, but it bounced over his head into the goal.
Williams' final score came five minutes later. Freshman Benyem Yohannes pushed a pass through the box to Jimmy Toms, who sent a 15-footer into the lower right corner.