Tough Stretch of Season Begins for Highly Ranked Raider Soccer Team

September 13, 2007 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

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The Red Raiders of South Point countered an aggressive Hunter Huss offense on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win at Hunter Huss.

Huss opened scoring from a PK, about the 15th minute, after a handling call in the penalty area by a South Point player. Huss’ defense, always known for an aggressive style of play managed to keep deep runs from developing by the SP attackers.

Belmont kept up pressure, attacking with Aaron Pegues and the Anderson twins along with the midfielders, Harbin and Crane. In the 33rd minute, this attack produced a hard foul just outside the Huss penalty area. Matt Crane  stepped up and scored the direct free kick from the 19 yard mark to equalize.

Huss mistakenly collapsed three, sometimes four defenders on All-state candidate, forward Kevin Haskins, who countered by laying off passes back to the wings, CJ Carswell and Cameron Matthews. It was this type of play that led to the second SP goal at the 37′ mark. The ball had been played to Haskins, who sent it back to senior captain, Will Harbin, who quickly played the ball to Matthews running along the touchline. Once Matthews builds up a head of steam, his size literally bounces opponents away. Cameron drilled a shot past the Huss keeper’s right ear, SP 2 Huss 1.

Huss had several hard tackles that led to two yellows cards in the first half for their side.  

The halftime whistle was blown with South Point leading 2-1.

South Point came out of their halftime discussion with a fired up squad. Captain Aaron Pegues directed several attacks using Haskins, who was pushed out in a wing postion, and the very speedy Tyler Martin running from the forward slot. Harbin and Crane controlled the middle particularly well, making Huss play to the wings where Sam Reese and one of the twins would be waiting.

With Haskins being pinched all evening, Will Harbin made a great run from the middle and caught a rebounding ball from the keeper to place a third goal in the South Point tally. This score seemed to fire up the Raiders, and fire up Huss as well. A few minutes later, Crane made a pass to a quick running Haskins who ran into the keeper. The keeper retailiated, which led to a caution for Haskins and free kick for Huss.

Shortly thereafter, another rebounding ball from the PA came to Aaron Pegues who volleyed home a laser beam of a shot just below the crossbar. 4-1 South Point.

Subs played a number of minutes in second half after it appeared that the Raiders had the match in-hand. Matt Myers and Josh Springs played well in the wing positions, with young Ryan Stephens firing off a few shots under pressure from Huss’ #5 central defender. Kevin Patz got into the game as a field player this evening, taking the opponents by surprise with a quick attack.

As in the match against East Gaston on Monday, all the players on the team were able to secure minutes on the field. Senior CJ Carswell  suffered a knee injury from a hard tackle in front of the SP bench in the closing minutes. The team will know the extent of the injury on Thursday.

Huss appeared to be playing “games” with the fast South Point counterattacks by players going down several times in the second half. South Point, in a spirit of sportmanship would kick the ball out of touch, nullifying the attacks. The score could probably have been much higher if the “games” weren’t played. 

The tough schedule continues on Monday for the Red Raiders, hosting a very strong 4A Ashbrook and visiting state 3A power Forestview on Wednesday. Both matches are expected to be battles, as SP won the first encounters with each in the 2007 campaign at the Gazette Cup, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. Ashbrook brings in a beefed up lineup with the return of Andy Rangel who scored twice against a fast Crest team this past Monday.

Notes:

The South Point JV squad beat Hunters Huss JV’s 4-1 in the early match on Wednesday evening. The jayvees improve their record to 4-0-0.

  

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