Washington rolls past Williamston|Romero nets hat trick for Pack

Published 3:24 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2009

By By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
After a tough loss to New Bern its last time out, Washington bounced back to get a much-needed, confidence-boosting 9-0 win over Williamston on Tuesday.
The larger 3-A Pam Pack blitzed the 1-A Tigers right away as Bladimer Romero got Washington on the board with an early goal.
From that point on the Pack never looked back as it took a 7-0 lead into halftime, then pump its breaks in the second half scoring only two goals to cruise to a 9-0 win and up its record to 2-2.
Romero led the way with three goals, while Oscar Ortiz, Coleman Smithwick, Neil Krazewski, Steven Worsley and Nick Bundy each recorded goals.
“Today was just a good day and a learning experience,” Washington coach Jimmy Kozuch said. “We have had some problems in the last few games putting the ball in the back of the net so we wanted to work on finishing.”
The Pack finished well early in the game, then used its time to work on fundamentals.
“In the second half we worked on possessing the ball and being more vocal,” Kozuch said.
“I was pleased with a lot of the things they did, but even winning 9-0 I still saw a lot of things we still need to work on like set plays and our communication.”
Williamston’ second year coach Henry Williams has stacked his non-conference schedule with 3-A and 2-A schools with hopes that it will strengthen his squad come conference play.
“The month of August and the early part of September we play mostly 2-A and 3-A teams,” Williams said. “I think the main thing they learned tonight is how advantageous it is to pass the ball and talk on the field. Those are two areas that we are really lacking in. I think today they realized how important that is, and it will help us out in the long run.”
The Pam Pack’s lead allowed for Kozuch to use his players liberally and in new positions. Throughout the course of the game the Washington skipper flip-flopped Worsley, the goalie, with Romero, the goal scorer.
The results were a success as Worsley scored for the first time in his varsity career.
“I think he was really excited. He was a little bit nervous because he never played on the field while he has been in high school,” Kozuch said. “He was a little apprehensive out there at first but after a while he got comfortable, and after a couple of shots he finally got to bury one.”
The Pack will look for its momentum and goal scoring to carry over into today’s game against a tough 2-A First Flight team, while Williamston (0-3) will have a day off before its rematch with Washington at home on Wednesday.