POSSESSION GAME. Bunn High School senior veteran Chris Salter (right) controls the ball near the sideline during last Wednesday's road victory against rival Louisburg at Patterson Field. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
LOUISBURG -- Regardless of the sport and circumstance, it's always intense when Bunn and Louisburg tangle on any playing field.
Such was the case last Wednesday as the schools met in a key boys soccer showdown at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Bunn entered the event in the mix for a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive Northern Carolina Conference standings, while Louisburg is in the lower tier of the league, despite showing some dramatic improvement this fall.
The Warriors were able to hang close to Bunn for one half, but the Wildcats were eventually able to pull away to earn a key 4-0 decision over Louisburg.
BHS is now 5-2 in the NCC, which leaves the Wildcats in a tie for second place in the conference.
The match featured plenty of rivalry anticipation, and the emotions became even more intense as fans and players waited around for 20 minutes because all of the officials could not arrive on time.
It was also one of the first legitimate cool nights of the fall, so it certainly felt like how the weather would be for a high school boys soccer matchup in the latter portion of the campaign.
The first 10 minutes of the match featured cautious work from both clubs, with plenty of action near the midfield area.
The Wildcats were able to strike just over 11 minutes in after Louisburg made an ill-fated clear attempt up the middle, as opposed to along the sideline.
John Arroyo-Carmona took advantage of the miscue and was there for a point-blank shot that found the back of the net -- and gave the Wildcats the lead for good by a 1-0 total.
Louisburg High School almost had two breakaways in the opening half, but Bunn's speed on defense was able to quickly neutralize the scoring opportunities.
Bunn then put the game away in the second half with clutch markers courtesy of Giovani Hernandez-Gonzalez, Elmer Garcia-Guerrero and Cristian Barrera-Aguire.