CHAPMANVILLE — The new Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team fell 2-0 to Lincoln County in a scrimmage recently at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
There was no score until the 34:30 mark in the first half when a shot by Caleb McClure hit Austin Hanshaw then bounced to Hunter Workman who booted it into the net for a 1-0 Panthers’ lead.
The score held.
Workman later added another goal for Lincoln County.
“The Lincoln County defense was as supurb as I thought it would be from a Bill Carpenter coached team. They held us scoreless,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon said “We had several shots on goal. Their goalie Caleb Rusk was very good. Plus his goalie shirt earned him style points.”
Dillon said LCHS has a good team.
“They are very experienced and very talented,” he said. “LCHS came with parents and fans and had a good support group. It showed the Chapmanville people the energy we want to bring to the game.”
Chapmanville had 22 saves on goal. Stevie Clemons had 17 saves and Joe Toth five. The Tigers had just four corner kicks with the Panthers having 13.
“We played a very aggressive defense the first half. We then turned the offense loose in the second half. It was 103 degrees on the field and we were trying to conserve our strength,” Dillon said. “Corner kicks are an odd animal. A goalie has a fantastic save and it goes behind the goal and the opponent has an opportunity to get a free corner kick to attempt uninhibited corner shots with no offsides until after it has been touched. The pressure and opportunities are tough. If the kicking team gets it right it’s a sharp stab in the heart for a quick goal. If the defense gets a save it’s a sprint to get up field and quite often be a mismatch for attackers.”
Coach Dillon said his team played good defense.
“The game was a defensive show all afternoon,” he said. “Kyle Deskins, Zach Lamb, Olivia Bryant, Dylan Brown and Ryan Belcher played a strong defensive game in the mid section of the pitch. We played a first half strategy of moving Joe Toth out of goalie and putting Stevie Clemons in the goalie spot. We were able to use the strong leg of Toth to keep our mid fielders off balance and get a fast break on our wings.”
Dillon said the Panthers were very good.
“Ethan Williams and Caleb McClure were an added presence to keep us out of the box,” he said. “Plus the strong and insightful Hunter Workman is a kid that won’t be denied long. He can play goalie, defender at various positions and moves up to wing and can score. He’s a very dangerous and gifted athlete. It was an honor for us to play against him.”
Dillon said his team made a lot of progress in the three-week June summer practice period which ended on Friday.
“It was just a scrimmage and we are adjusting things but it’s a competition nonetheless,” he said. “Sherman’s girls also came over as well and played Lincoln County’s JV team. It was a good experience for their young teams. They have great promise this year.”
Regular season practices are slated to begin Aug. 1.
Chapmanville hosts the presesaon Soccer Rama on Aug. 13 at Tiger Stadium.
The historic first-ever soccer game for the Tigers is Aug. 20 at home against the Tug Valley Panthers. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).