CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team dropped a pair of 4-0 matches at home this week on Tuesday to Scott and on Thursday to Herbert Hoover.
Chapmanville now stands at 6-7-2 as the season heads into the stretch drive.
Herbert Hoover goalie Ethan Knight recorded his 11th shutout of the season and made three saves to lift the Huskies (12-4-2).
Ben Chapman had 14 saves for Chapmanville.
Isaac Deel scored three goals and Carson Cox added one for Hoover.
“The game started out great,” Chapmanville coach Greg Dillon said. “We controlled passes and shots and for 27 minutes we held them and went into half down 1-0. They assesed our weaknesses on mid and exploited it to score in the first two minutes of the second period. Then two more goals after that. Hoover was a class act team and they are well coached. We had a great time playing them. The first time we scrimmaged them we lost 10-1. Then it was 6-1. Their coach and refs think we are getting better. We aren’t the same team that started out in August.”
Dillon praised his team’s effort.
“I thought Joe Toth had a good game tonight,” he said. “He toughened up and grew up in front of us. In the Scott game he busted his nose up and was bleeding pretty good. He turned up the physical play against Hoover and it helped us. James Ellis, Tyler Carter and Austin Hanshaw played well and a very good sweeper, Josh Zigmond, kept us in the game. Josh is another kid who didn’t know what he had in him until he got out on the pitch.”
Dillon said his team didn’t give up.
“Tonight’s game was a different vibe,” he said. “Usually a team gets down after a couple of goals. This bunch played harder. I thought Dylan Brown and Zach Lamb put on a passing clinic. They just couldn’t get a goal to fall.”
In the Scott match, the Skyhawks’ Matthew Ford, Ethan Curry, Sean Hill and Matthew Humphrey had one goal each for the Skyhawks.
“It started out a pretty good game,” Dillon said. “Zach Lamb had several good attacks and shots in goal. Scott’s goalie Michael Burns is athletic and smart. He has done a good job replacing the all-state Tristan Moore. The bottom line is that their shots went in and ours did not. We got oustanding efforts from James Ellis, Tyler Carter, Dillon Renniger and Dylan Brown.”
Coach Dillon said he was happy with his team’s effort.
“I was pleased with our lads. When you hold programs like this down to no scores in a half it builds momentum for us. Sadly, we didn’t adjust well to Grant Older taking control of the middle. Grant did not score like normal but his assists and field vision opened up their passing lanes and picked us a part. Plus, Caleb Thomson had another good night as a superior sweeper.
“There was two times in the first half where Zach Lamb used his speed on him to get a shot or two but Burns made great save on goal. Scott thinks of us in terms of a rival and I guess it is. Both teams enjoy playing and the fans enjoyed watching.”
Dillon said his team continues to compete well against more established programs.
“For a beginning program, we offered them a degree of competition,” he said. “I’m pleased. The kids who have came out and have five to six weeks of playing who had never touched a soccer field before were fun to watch. I am anticipating how much they will grow by next year. We are pleased with the kids. They competed against two established programs. It’s good to have them give the kids a nod of respect after a game. That’s better than being a doormat.”
The CRHS soccer team was scheduled to host Poca on Saturday. The Tigers then host Teays Valley Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Senior Night.
Chapmanville plays at Tug Valley on Oct. 13 and hosts Mercer Christian on Oct. 15 in the regular season finale.
The sectionals are Oct. 17-21.
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (6-7-2):
Aug. 19: at Mercer Christian, W 3-1
Aug. 20: Tug Valley, W 12-0
Aug. 27: at Sissonville, L 0-4
Aug. 30: at Pike Central (Ky.), T 1-1
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, L 1-6
Sept. 27: Mingo Central, W 3-1
Oct. 1: at Parkersburg Catholic, L 1-3
Oct. 4: Scott, L 0-4
Oct. 6: Herbert Hoover, L 0-4
Oct. 8: Poca, 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: Teays Valley Christian (Senior Night), 6 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: Mercer Christian, 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).