It was a historic night for the Logan High School soccer team on Tuesday night as the Wildcats hosted their first ever home match at Logan Stadium.
Class AAA Riverside spoiled the party as the Warriors won 4-0, dropping Logan to 0-2 on the season.
Logan is fielding a soccer program this fall for the first time in school history.
The night opened as Logan soccer players Dino Noe and Joey Vinson presented two signed soccer balls from the team to Logan High School Principal Kelly Stanley and LHS Athletics Director Brian Atkinson for their work behind the scenes for the program.
Stanley then presented the game ball to the referees before the game.
Both signed soccer balls will be placed into the school’s trophy case.
The game remained scoreless until the 38-minute mark as Riverside broke the ice to take a 1-0 lead.
Logan’s Joey Vinson controlled the defense along with Steven Clemens, Michael Honeycutt and Hunter Alfrey in the early moments of the match.
The Wildcats had their chances on goal but couldn’t capitalize on hitting the back of the net.
Noe had three shots on goal and Walker Jeffery and Wesley Macnamara each had two shots. Cameron and Stephen Clemens each had a shot on goal for Logan but the Wildcats couldn’t dent the scoreboard.
Walter Macnamara started as the starting goalie for Logan but when attempting to tie up the ball had a collision with another player that took him out for half of the game. Reserve goalie Austin Thompson put the gloves and played in his place.
Riverside was able to score three more goals to finish off the win. The Warriors improved to 2-1 on the season with the victory.
Brett Murray tallied a hat trick for Riverside. London Dotson also scored a goal. Noah Underwood stopped eight shots between the pipes in earning the shutout win.
“We fought a tough fight but we came up short,” Logan coach Jay Trump said. “I looked at them and said, ‘great game really great game.’ They played with heart and played hard but came up shot in goals but not in effort.”
Logan is scheduled to return to action with Saturday’s noon home match against the Poca Dots in a Cardinal Conference matchup. Logan then goes to Mingo Central on Aug. 30 for a 6:30 p.m. match.
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Soccer Schedule (0-2):
Aug. 20: at Nitro, L 1-11
Aug. 23: Riverside, L 0-4
Aug. 27: Poca, noon
Aug. 30: at Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 2-3: at Huntington tounament, TBA
Sept. 8: Winfield, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 14: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)
Sept. 15: at Sissonville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Belfry (Ky.), 10 a.m.
Sept. 24: at Herbert Hoover, 11 a.m.
Oct. 1: at Belfry (Ky.), 10 a.m.
Oct. 6: Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 12: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).