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Published September 10, 2013

Athens soccer team tops Troy High 3-0, improves to 9-0 on the season

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Athens captain Luis Anaya (10) scored his 10th goal of the season with just 20 seconds remaining in the first half. Athens went on to beat Troy 3-0.

TROY — The final score was decisive, but hardly told the whole story.

When city rivals meet, it rarely does.

The Troy Athens soccer team picked up its ninth win in nine tries Tuesday night, beating Troy High 3-0 in a game that was much closer than the three-goal difference would suggest.

“Troy had the first couple chances of the game, the best chances, but we had a good couple of saves,” Athens coach Todd Heugh said. “They came out ready to play, but I think the difference was when we scored our goals. They came at some tough times for (Troy).”

Athens notched the game’s first tally when Luis Anaya scored his 10th goal of the season with just 20 seconds remaining in the first half.

Bryan Lawson scored early in the second half to make it 2-0, and with just minutes remaining in regulation, Marc Hebbeker added the knock-out punch.

“It’s a real good win for us,” Heugh said. “Anytime you can get a win against a rival, it’s good news.”

Athens is now 9-0-0 on the season.

“It’s tough to put into words,” Heugh said of the record. “You don’t want to be cliché, but we’re excited and we’re taking things one game at a time. We have a lot of varsity experience, a lot of seniors, and it’s showing.”

Troy is now 3-4-1.



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