CHAPMANVLLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team made a game of it last Saturday at home against Lincoln County but fell to the Panthers 1 to nil at Tiger Stadium.
Alex Adkins of Lincoln County scored the only goal of the match at the 34:48 mark of the first half.
Goalie Caleb Rusk had the shutout between the pipes for the Panthers (4-1-1).
“It was a good day in late summer temps to have a match and around 110 people from the Chapmanville area came out to watch the curious new sport in the area,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon said. “It was a great defensive battle on both sides of the ball with strong attacks by both sides.”
Dillon praised the play of Christian Stafford, Austin Hanshaw and Amber Stokes.
“Christian Stafford set the pace early and often with his bloodhound defense,” Dillon said. “If it was in his area or near the goal, he jumped on it, cleared it or passed it off. He is really connecting the dots. Austin hanshaw is another I can’t praise enough. With him working the back court magic with Amber Stokes. The defense tightens up on blitzing ends and covers the cross pass rather well here lately.”
Coach Dillon said Joe Toth, Zach Lamb and Fidelis Nwafor also played well.
“Joe Toth had battled all day at mid field with the aggressive LCHS offense. He worked well with Zach Lamb and Fidelis to intercept opponent’s passes and get something going. It worked most of the afternoon but we had a throw in near their goal and that went astray. The defense was lagging and didn’t recover. The Lincoln midfielder caught it. He caught us flat-footed on a tip to his wing and he sprinted 50 yards and went in for the days for the only score. It was just a moment’s lapse but sometimes that’s all it takes. It is an adjustment in high school soccer. Sometimes you can take a few off but not in soccer. The minute you do and bam the other team pounces on it. It is a learning lesson. The kids gave me their best.”
CRHS goal Ben Chapman had seven saves.
The short-handed Tigers had eight players who were either injured, on vacation or out due to illness.
“We still had kids out,” Coach Dillon said. “Dylan Brown was at the beach for Labor Day. Dillon Renniger was out because of previous night’s collision with Hoover. Carla Sheppard and Haylie Chewning were out with strep. Kayla Baldwin was out. Savannah Toney was recovering from bronchial problems. Baylie Holton and Kaylee Bowe are still undetermined with their injuries and are sorely missed. Austin Adams, Jacob Richardson and Carlos Sheppard are newbies and are still learning the game but are getting better each week. I was very impressed with Catherine Carter. Her track star speed gave us some much needed cardio and another gear for getting on the ball. She had 15 interceptions on the day.
Chapmanville was scheduled to return to action with Tuesday night’s home match against Pike Central (Ky.). The Tigers then travel to play at rival Scott on Sept. 13 in the first-ever match between the two schools in soccer.
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (3-3):
Aug. 19: at Mercer Christian, W 3-1
Aug. 20: Tug Valley, W 12-0
Aug. 27: at Sissonville, L 0-4
Aug. 29: at Greater Beckley Christian, W 1-0 (forfeit)
Aug. 30: at Pike Central (Ky.), L 0-2
Sept. 1: at Nitro, ppd.
Sept. 3: Lincoln County, L 0-1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).