It was a historic win for the Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team on Friday night as the Tigers traveled to Princeton and won 3-1 over Mercer Christian Academy.
The match was the first-ever for FC Chapmanville, which is rolling out its inaugural team this fall.
The game was scoreless at halftime. CRHS went down 1-0 then tallied three unanswered goals to notch the win.
“It was awesome and it was beyond anything that we could have thought,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon said. “We were playing a team that was actually much better than us. We only has possession of the ball for 2:15 in the first half. They controlled the ball for almost the entire first period and we played defense. We couldn’t get anything going and the field was wet.”
Chapmanville only had one shot on goal to MCA’s 17 in the first half.
CRHS goalie Ben Chapman played outstanding for the Tigers as he kept the game scoreless. For the game, he had 14 solo saves and another 12 deflections. There were an addition 12 shots on goal, Dillon said.
“Ben Chapman was a beast,” Dillon said.
Mercer Christian took the lead 1-0 by scoring a goal about five minutes into the second half.
Two minutes later, Chapmanville’s Zack Lamb took a pass from Ryan Belcher and booted one into the net to tie it up at 1-1.
Then the Tigers took the lead for good as Baylie Holton crossed one to Dylan Brown, who took it in and scored as CRHS led 2-1.
Fidelis Nwafor then put the finishing touches on the win with an insurance goal.
Dillon said Amber Stokes was also key on defense.
“Amber Stokes was probably the defensive player of the game,” he said. “She jumped up in the air at the goal and I have never seen anything like it. The referee was saying to me that if we had a girls’ team they would rock. We found a way to win. Winners find a way to win.”
Dillon said MCA has a good team.
“They have a great program,” he said. “They were class act kids. Many of them play travel ball and play up and down Virginia and in the Princeton area. Some of the them are transfers from Princeton High School. They were good. They had a 6-foot-4, 220-pound player. They had good athletes.”
The Tigers were scheduled to host Tug Valley, another first-year program, on Saturday night. It was Chapmanville’s first-ever home match.
Chapmanville is then slated to play at Shelby Valley (Ky.) next Thursday and at Sissonville on Aug. 27.
“We have a great parent group and we’re glad the community is behind us,” Dillon said.
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (1-0):
Aug 19 at Mercer Christian, W 3-1
Aug 20 Tug Valley, late
Aug 25 at Shelby Valley (Ky.), 7 p.m.
Aug 27 at Sissonville, 1 p.m.
Aug 30 at Pike Central (Ky.), 7 p.m.
Sept 1 Nitro, 7 p.m.
Sept 3 Lincoln County, 7 p.m.
Sept 6 Pike Central (Ky.), 11 a.m.
Sept 10 Shelby Valley (Ky.), 11 a.m.
Sept 13 at Scott, 7 p.m.
Sept 20 at Mingo Central, 6 p.m.
Sept 22 at Lincoln County, 6 p.m.
Sept 24 Parkersburg Catholic, 10 a.m.
Sept 27 Mingo Central, 6 p.m.
Sept 29 Poca, 6 p.m.
Oct 1 at Parkersburg Catholic, 11 a.m.
Oct 4 Scott, 7 p.m.
Oct 6 Herbert Hoover, 6 p.m.
Oct 11 Teays Valley Christian, 6 p.m.
Oct 17-21 Sectionals
Oct 25-27 Regionals
Nov 4-6 State Tournament
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).