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Warriors start season in winning fashion

Posted: February 16, 2013 - 8:27am  |  Updated: February 16, 2013 - 2:23pm
Grovetown's Sammy Gamino controls the ball during the Warriors' 5-2 win over Hephzibah Friday night.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Grovetown's Sammy Gamino controls the ball during the Warriors' 5-2 win over Hephzibah Friday night.

With 3:27 left to play in Grovetown's season-opening soccer match, Joe Dauda's night was done.
Dauda's early exit was well-earned as he scored four goals while leading the Warriors to a 5-2 win over Hephzibah Friday night.
"He's a great player who's really grown the past three years," said Warriors head coach Glenn Vaught of his striker. "He's got good explosiveness and he plays in space perfectly."
The Warriors controlled the ball from the opening whistle but it took until just over 13 minutes were gone before Dauda got the ball down low and was able to get it by the Rebels' goalkeeper Andre Simpkins.
Simpkins was under duress the entire night and made 11 saves, seven coming in the first half.
Dauda froze Simpkins, going left to right for his second goal, stuffed home a rebound for goal No. 3 at the 29:15 point of the second half and finished with a long blast from about 20 yards out, beating Simpkins high and to the right with just over 16 minutes to play.
"I felt my speed helped a lot," said Dauda. "It's from all the running in practice."
Chris Williams scored the Warriors third goal with a blast from straight on with 6:15 left in the first half.
Trailing 1-0, the Rebels (0-2) had a great opportunity to shift momentum in its favor when Nick was taken down from behind deep in the Warriors' half and was awarded a penalty kick. His shot slid wide left and the moment was gone.
Goodwin did get the Rebels on the board as he was able to find the net with 18 1/2 minutes to play. cutting the Warriors lead to 4-1, but Dauda answered two minutes later.
The Warriors' defense kept goalkeeper Austin Madigan clean as he made three saves.
Cody Phillips scored the Rebels final goal with one second remaining for the final margin.

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