The Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team dropped to 7-5-2 on the season with Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Parkersburg Catholic.
“It was a good game. Parkersburg jumped out to a 1-0 lead because our back line wasn’t communicating to the goalie. They picked up a chip shot inside the five,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon said. “The next was a foul on us outside the box. But Parkersburg Catholic nailed a good shot in top right corner over Ben Chapman.”
The Tigers rallied to cut it 2-1 at halftime with an Austin Hanshaw goal from 25 yards out.
Catholic then scored a second half goal to put the match out of reach.
“We out-hustled them in second half,” Dillon said. “Our conditioning paid off but the shots weren’t falling. We had 17 shots and they had eight. Patricia Haddox filled in for starter Amber Stokes and she played good but I knew she was out of her normal position. We were sluggish in first half and it showed. Several members of our team were absent due to the death of classmate.”
Dillon said several of his players had good games.
“I was impressed with James Ellis, Taylor Carter and Josh Zigmond. They played a very good defensive game. Dillon Renniger and Zach Lamb played mid very good. Austin Hanshaw was his usual outstanding self controlling our left side. Dylan Brown had several shots. He is getting discouraged but if he keeps working it will fall in place.”
Dillon said PC was a good team but got many calls its way.
“Parkersburg Catholic was a decent team. I just thought several of their kids are studying theater as much as they flopped to get a call. When a 6-foot-6 guy is always doing summersaults around Patricia Haddox and pleading like a drowning man to make a call on a 5-3 woman who just started I think it’s Oscar night,” Dillon joked. “It got to a point where it went beyond amusing to embarrassing. It takes away from the integrity of the game. And after Joe Toth got several warnings and then a yellow card for doing his job it was ludicrous.”
Dillon said the Tigers played hard.
“I’m proud of the guys,” he said. “It’s another lesson and we were in the game. That is very important. The kids knew they were superior. Just couldn’t get a ball to drop. The kids played great. We look forward to playing Scott Tuesday. The rest of the games are at home.”
CRHS hosts rival Scott on Tuesday at 7 p.m., then host Herbert Hoover on Thursday at 6 p.m. in its Soccer Homecoming Game. CRHS hosts the Poca Dots on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
(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).