Raider Soccer Teams “Play On”

September 11, 2007 at 11:08 pm Leave a comment

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Finally, a night when the Red Raiders of South Point put together a performance worthy of their ranking in the state. The final score of 8-0 over East Gaston only shed a bit of light on the type of team that the South Point boys can become this season.

The conference opener for both squads pitted East Gaston, led by Austin Kennedy, Jordan Graham, and Charlie Sinclair, against a single-minded Raider squad. Kennedy and Graham did not start for the Warriors in this evening’s match for some odd reason, and the Raiders jumped on the opportunity 57 seconds into the first half. Cameron Matthews, the “Monster of the Midfield”, carried the ball up the right wing from a feed by Will Harbin, and crossed to the middle right at the feet of a streaking Kevin Haskins, who neatly deposited the ball into the net. The East Gaston keeper just looked stunned by how quickly the attack had passed him.

The rest of the evening didn’t get much better for the Warriors after that goal. Haskins scored again late in the 4th minute after a nice series of quick passes and an accurate feed to the “prowler”.

Kennedy and Graham checked into the match about the 11th minute and led a series of very fast, probing runs along each of the sidelines. Aaron Pegues, Sam Reese, and the Twins (Ryan and Devon Anderson), ably adjusted to Kennedy’s speed and footskills allowing him only two shots in the first half. Graham ran the midfield for East Gaston and was held in check by Harbin and Crane quite well. Keeper Case Gadd knocked down shots by EG #2 and yellow-booted #11 in the first, fast half.

The SPHS defenders must have gained an newfound confidence in their midfielders, because the entire evening was dominated by very pretty through passes from back to mid to front. The boys played quick, 1 and 2 touch passes with only a few lapses of concentration. Haskins, the predominant striker in the state after 4 weeks of high school competition, scored two more goals in the first half. 

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(Kevin Haskins-SPHS soccer team website photo)

Coach Tudor apparently has been experimenting with starting lineups. This match featured, CJ Carswell in a forward slot, Junior Nathan Kelly on the left wing, and Cameron Matthews on the right. Most of the spectators agreed that this was a strong opening eleven.

Tyler Martin once again provided an exciting series of minutes in the second half. Tyler scored on an assist from Haskins that was just as cool as the Matthews to Haskins plays.

Will Harbin scored in this match. Many times, Will’s shots plunk the crossbar or posts, and rebound away. The shot last night was true, on-frame, and skirted the net from the right — very cool shot indeed !

Sophomore midfielder, Ryan Stephens scored a goal with an assist from Matt Crane that rocketed past a much surprised EG keeper. Crane got into the act, finally scoring a goal after several missed on-frame saves by East Gaston.  

The scoring order is actually out of sequence but they all took place in the second half. Every player on the squad got into the match for 20 minutes or more. The constant rhythm of the midfield hummed with exciting quick passes, the boys constantly talking and encouraging each other. Josh Springs (“the Arm” — for his long inbound throw-ins) and Matt Myers played some significant minutes on the wings. Bradley Avery and junior, Andre’ Castro, provided some excitement with several near misses on the posts and crossbar.

Sophomore keeper, Kevin Patz entered the match at the 60′ mark and shared the clean sheet with Gadd.  

Few fouls in this evening’s match, overall, a very good performance by SP, and fun to watch. For only $4 admission, HS soccer is a good entertainment event.

Notes:

The JV team won their third outing of the season, 9-0 over the East Gaston JV squad.  Joey Mitchell, Thomas Pennington, Nathan Propst and Franklin Widenhouse scored two goals each in the win. Ben Propst scored one goal.

South Point plays Hunter Huss in a Big South Conference match on Wednesday at Hunter Huss. JV’s kick off at 5:30 and the Varsity at 7:10 PM.

The Raiders are ranked 4th in the 3A classification in the State this week, behind defending 3A state champions, Lake Norman; always strong Charlotte Catholic; and eastern perennial power, Jacksonville. The high school soccer coaches from across the state vote each week for this poll’s result.

  

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