CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team held a 1-0 halftime lead over the Poca Dots on Saturday at home but could not hold on as the Tigers lost 3-1 in a Cardinal Conference match at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
Chapmanville scored first two minutes into the game as Ryan Belcher intercepted a Poca pass and kicked to Zach Lamb, who booted in a goal.
The Dots then scored three goals in the second half to notch the win.
Chapmanville fell to 6-9-1 with the loss.
“The rest of the first half was a defensive battle with Tyler Carter, James Ellis, Dylan Brown, Dillon Renniger and Catherine Carter playing well,” CRHS coach Greg Dillon said. “In the second half we had five starters leave for the homecoming dance. Christian Stafford came back from a wrist break and alternated with Carlos Sheppard and Austin Adams. Poca took advantage of the shift and scored three goals to get the win.”
Poca coach Jarrett Brock said it was a good match with the Tigers.
“This was a really good game with Chapmanville,” Brock said. “We scrimmaged them during the summer and the preseason and they have improved a lot since then. Their coach has done a great job with them. We hadn’t seen them play so we weren’t sure how they would play us but they answered pretty quickly with a goal two minutes into the game and that Lamb kid that scored their goal is going to be a really good player. We were frustrated offensively in the first half. Chapmanville played good defense and although we had a lot of opportunities we couldn’t find the back of the net. We finally scored with a nice cross from senior Ryan Byrne to senior Trace Jarrett.
“We added another goal from sophomore Parker Samples on a corner kick and our final goal came from sophomore Kyler Meeks on a rebound. Coach Dillon has done a great job with this team and with all their young players they should have a good future.”
The Tigers are scheduled to get back into action with Tuesday’s Senior Night home match against Teays Valley Christian. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
CRHS plays at Tug Valley on Thursday at 6 p.m., then hosts Mercer Christian on Saturday at 11 a.m.
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Soccer Schedule (6-9-1):
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.), L 1-4
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, L 1-3
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 email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).