Haskins and Carswell Lead Raiders over Lions

September 6, 2007 at 8:26 am 1 comment


CJ Carswell scored the first goal of the evening and Kevin Haskins scored three more as the SP men’s varsity team defeated the vistors from Shelby 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Shelby, with state premeir player’s Turner Almond playing in the midfield, and 6’3″ Zane Crow handling keeper duties, could not seem to generate much offensive punch inside the the 30 yard area. 

South Point’s Will Harbin,whose ankle got tweaked on Tuesday night, re-injured his ankle on a hard tackle about 10 minutes into the match and retired to the bench. Ryan Stephens was inserted into the lineup and was challenged by Almond throughout the first half.

Aaron Pegues had another very good outing, picking up some of the slack of Harbin’s absence. Belmont plays a strong 4-4-2 formation, with Pegues in the slot as a solid defensive center, twins Devon and Ryan Anderson to the right and Sam Reese to the left. Moving as a unit, this group generally keeps the defensive third of the field pretty tight. Again, Shelby was not able to exploit the weaknesses too much, having only two runs at goal closer than 20 yards.

Matt Crane continued to direct the midfield making hard challenges when needed and distributing the ball to  a rotating lineup of wings.

CJ Carswell played the opportunist all evening, putting the Red Raiders on the board first at about the 30 minute mark. Carswell nailed a volley shot from 16 yards out after the ball had popped up from a challenge to the Shelby center defender and Kevin Haskins. Carswell had quickly stepped up anticipating a cross from the right wing, Cameron Matthews. While the cross was slightly errant, Haskins made a great play to keep the Shelby defender from clearing — then CJ took over.  Great goal ! 

The first half ended 1-0.

Tonight the consession stand was open — nothing to eat except popcorn, candy, and soda. Hey Booster Club !! Soocer money spends too ! Well, it’s a step better than the night before…

South Point players put together a pretty decent mix of music — hope they got it approved by the administration. After last year’s fluster at Forestview, we don’t need any unwanted attention directed Belmont’s way.

The second half was much more energetic by the SP players. Tyler Martin was tested out in several different positions — forward, midfield, and wing — and suddenly developed a first touch — who woulda thunk it.

Shelby was completely confused by Martin roaming the midfield area. Crane, Haskins, Carswell, and Bradley Avery were free to make penetrating runs. Crane got off at least three on-frame rockets that were gathered in by Crow, one knocking the keeper down. 

On a great run up the right, one of the SP defenders had switched fields over to Carswell who carried the ball almost to the six before crossing to Haskins who headed the ball to the opposite upper 90 and angled in for a goal.

The next few minutes turned into a shot-fest by South Point. Carswell, Haskins, Martin, Crane, and Matthews all allowed to get the ball off their feet, but unfortunately also off the frame as well.

Haskins gathered a pass from up the middle, and with three defenders surrounding him broke through and drilled the net. Crow was taken completely by surprise, as were the three defenders marking Haskins.

With about 8 minutes left in the match, Crane made a pass to Haskins, again, who stalking an empty area left of goal, and Haskins volleyed the shot into the net.  Hat-trick ! 

Coach Scott Tudor inserted all of the reserve players for some good minutes of action. Junior, Matt Myers, senior Josh Springs, and Junior Andre’ Castro each contributed to the energetic play of the second half. Only sophomore keeper, Kevin Patz did not play in this match.

Final score 4-0 South Point.


South Point JV’s won 3-2 over Shelby, with goals from Franklin Widenhouse, Kyle Mincey, and Nathan Propst.

Keeper Case Gadd recorded his fourth clean sheet in six matches of the season. Haskins season goal tally is 12. Aaron Pegues continues to shine as the best defensive player in Western NC this season. 

Interested “soccer people” should check out the NC Soccer Forum to read about the expliots of other strong HS teams and pretty much everything else about soccer in the state.    

Conference action opens for the Red Raiders next week, on Monday. South Point hosts 4A East Gaston from nearby Mt Holly, NC. East Gaston is lead by one of the top scorers in the state, senior Austin Kennedy. JV’s at 5:30, varsity at about 7:10 PM


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