NEWTOWN, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team’s 3-3 tie at Mingo Central on Wednesday was a costly one.
One of Chapmanville’s best players, Christian Stafford, was lost during the match with a broken wrist, CRHS coach Greg Dillon said.
Stafford’s status is currently unknown. He’s the second Chapmanville player to break a wrist this season with Dylan Brown being the other. Brown has played most of the season with a cast on his right arm.
“He played like a warrior tonight,” Dillon said of Stafford. “He was having a great game defensively with nine tackles and seven giveaways. Then he got tangled up and tripped, breaking his wrist.”
Chapmanville is now 6-4-1 on the season with the tie. The Tigers and Miners are scheduled to meet again next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
CRHS was scheduled to play at No. 12-ranked Lincoln County (7-2).
The Tigers had 28 shots on goal in Wednesday’s match with the Miners.
“We had possession 80 percent of the game,” Dillon said. “We had plenty of shots but just no accuracy on goal. I’m proud of the kids. To come away and be competitive on a bad night is a positive thing.”
Dillon said several of his players performed well.
“We had outstanding efforts by Austin Hanshaw, James Ellis, Josh Zigmond, Tyler Carter, Savannah Toney and Amber Stokes,” he said.
Mingo Central jumped on top 2-0.
Two quick goals by Dillon Renniger then tied it up 2-2 at halftime.
The Miners went up 3-2 before the Tigers could tie it up at 3 with Zach Lamb’s penalty kick with four minutes left in the game.
Ryan Belcher then looked to put Chapmanville in the lead but was called offsides as he drove to the net.
“The refs let the game get overly physical but we also played sluggish,” Coach Dillon said. “Mingo has improved a lot since two weeks ago. I have nothing but respect for them. We will have to pick up our physical play if we are to finish strong.”
Mingo Central now stands at 1-10-1 on the season. The Miners have been shut out six times. The only victory was a 13-1 rout over county rival Tug Valley on Aug. 23 at home.
No Mingo statistics were unavailable.
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (6-4-1):
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.), W 4-3
Sept. 8 at Tug Valley, W 6-5
Sept. 10: at Sheldon Clark (Ky.), W 5-4
Sept. 13: at Scott, L 0-3
Sept. 21: at Mingo Central, T 3-3
Sept. 22: at Lincoln County, late
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. 11: Teays Valley Christian (Senior Night), 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).