Lincoln County defeated the Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team 6-1 on Thursday night at Hamlin.
Chapmanville dropped to 6-4-2 on the season with the loss while Lincoln County improved to 8-3-2.
After winning three straight matches over Pike Central, Ky. (4-3), Tug Valley (6-5) and Sheldon Clark, Ky. (5-4), the Tigers are 0-2-1 over its last matches with a 3-0 loss at Scott and a 3-3 tie at Mingo Central.
Lincoln County swept the season series with CRHS, also winning 1-0 on Sept. 3 at Chapmanville.
“We trailed just 1-0 at halftime, but my goalie was kicked in the head and the wheels fell off after that,” CRHS coach Greg Dillon said. “The game was very tight until then. He was kicked in the head on a save.”
Fidelis Nwafor scored the Tigers’ only goal on a header in the second half, pulling Chapmanville to within 3-1.
“We had five new guys in there for injured players,” Dillon said. “They made a few mistakes but you can’t throw a lot of blame around. They had only been playing three and a half weeks. I thought Patricia Haddox, Austin Hanshaw and Zach Lamb kept us in the game. We also got good efforts from newcomers Tyler Carter and James Ellis. Some of our kids were still feeling the effects of the Mingo Central game and had sore muscles.”
It was still a good effort by the Tigers, Dillon said.
“They never quit and I liked that,” he said. “We just kept battling. I like those kinds of kids who do that. We played a good game up front. We also had good defensive efforts by Austin Adams, Jacob Richardson and Kayla Baldwin. Ryan Belcher also had an outstanding offensive effort to attack the ball.”
Lincoln County is scheduled to host Scott next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Chapmanville returns to action with Tuesday’s 6 p.m. home match against Mingo Central. The Tigers then travel to Parkersburg Catholic on Oct. 1 for an 11 a.m. matinee.
(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).