CHAPMANVILLE — History was made on Saturday night at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium as the Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team played its first ever home match.
It was a good night for CRHS as the Tigers rolled over Tug Valley 12 to nil.
Chapmanville improved to 2-0 on the season. The Tigers had won 3-1 at Mercer Christian Academy on Friday night in their first ever soccer match.
Both Chapmanville and Tug Valley, along with Logan High School, are fielding soccer programs for the first time in school history this fall. All three programs have co-ed teams but will be competing in the boys’ division.
“We’re 2-0 so I should retire now,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon joked after Saturday’s win.
The Tigers dominated Tug Valley, controlling the ball and putting pressure on the Panthers’ goalie Caitlyn Sartin.
Austin Hanshaw scored two goals for Chapmanville. Joe Toth, Ryan Belcher, Christian Stafford, Zack Lamb, Baylie Holton, Dillon Renninger, Fidelis Nwafor, Hailey Chewning and Dylan Brown all had one goal each. Renninger had four assists and Amber Stokes, Hanshaw, Savannah Toney and Brown had one each.
The Tigers led 9-0 at halftime. Coach Dillon then played all of his subs for the majority of the second half of play.
Chapmanville had several fine crossing kicks and passes in front of the goalie box, resulting in a number of easy chip shots.
“We’re trying to work on the angles and the lanes. We have a new team and there were a lot of mistakes but we contolled the ball,” Dillon said. “We have a lot of kids that are learning on the fly. Tug Valley showed a lot of grit. Their goalie blocked some shots from some of our key players. Our front four, Zack Lamb, Dillon Renninger, Dylan Brown and Fidelis Nwafor those guys just rocked. We have to work on our back court a little but I’m glad the Chapmanville community supported us. It was a great day for soccer in Logan County.”
CRHS starting goalie Ben Chapman had three saves in 62 minutes. Renninger and Lamb also saw time between the pipes.
Chapmanville went up 1-0 with Renninger’s goal. After an own goal was accidently booted into Chapmanville’s net by a Tug Valley player it was 2-0.
Then at the with 27 minutes left until halftime, Hanshaw kicked one into the net from 15 yards out to make it 3-0.
A chip shot by Belcher upped the margin to 4-0 with 23:50 left. Nwafor’s chip shot made it 5-0 and Chewning scored on a boot from 15 yards out to make it 6-0 with 16:12 left.
Stafford’s chip goal with 14:49 to go upped the margin to 7-0. Toth’s boot from 10 yards away made it 8-0 and Chapmanville went into the break up 9-0 with Holton’s goal from 10 yards out.
Brown, Toney and Lamb scored goals in the second half.
Tug Valley threatened with about seven minutes remaining in the game as Kyle Deskins had possession and kicked the ball down field about 35 yards. He had a shot on goal but Chapman was able to make the save and preserve the shutout.
Several of Chapmanville’s female team members played very well, Dillon said.
“We have a co-ed team and they have done a wonderful job,” Dillon said of his female players. “They are aggressive and some of them are learning the game. I’m nothing but pleased with them. Several of them scored. Savannah scored and Hailey Chewning had one. Catherine Carter had one but it got called back with an offsides call. We had several offsides. We played our second string at the end of the game quite a bit to see what they could do.”
The game was refereed by Mitch Balaban, the President of the Kanawha Soccer Referee Board, and one of West Virginia’s top soccer officials.
“It was an honor to have Mitch referee the match. He’s a state championship referee,” Dillon said.
The Tigers are back into action this coming Saturday at Sissonville. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
The Indians are an established program and Cardinal Conference team.
“We’re going to Sisssonville to play the Indians,” Dillon said. “They are an established program and they are very good.”
Revised 2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (2-0):
Aug. 19: at Mercer Christian, W 3-1
Aug. 20: Tug Valley, W 12-0
Aug. 27: at Sissonville, 1 p.m.
Aug. 29: at Greater Beckley Christian, 6 p.m.
Aug. 30: at Pike Central (Ky.), 7 p.m.
Sept. 1: at Nitro, 6 p.m.
Sept. 6: Pike Central (Ky.), 6 p.m.
Sept. 13: at Scott, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 19: Lincoln County, 6 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Mingo Central, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22: at Lincoln County, 6 p.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 (Soccer Homecoming), 6 p.m.
Oct. 8: Greater Beckley Christian, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11: Teays Valley Christian (Senior Night), 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: Mercer Christian Academy, 11 a.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).