Haskins Scores 2 in Red Raider Soccer Win

September 25, 2007 at 5:08 am 1 comment

Kevin Haskins added two more goals to his season tally in South Point High School’s soccer win over Polk County last night, 2-1, at Lineberger Stadium. This pushes the Red Raider’s season record to 10-1-0 and helps maintain their number 4 state ranking in the NC Soccer Coach’s Poll.

The match was decently played by both teams. Polk County, last season’s 1A state finalist, and currently ranked #3 in 1A, came in to the match with a lot of fire. Three really quick attackers and a couple of strong defenders managed to keep the Raiders in check for most of the first half.

Polk County, with only 3 very good returning senior starters, kept pressure on South Point keeper, Case Gadd for 35 of the first 40 minutes. Gadd deflected several shots, denying Polk’s attack, but setting up several corner kick opportunities. Good defensive play by the Anderson twins, Aaron Pegues, and a rotating cast of substitutes, kept the ball from the net.

Will Harbin played one of his best matches of the season in this contest. His midfield mate, Matt Crane, out with a foot injury, was replaced by junior Andre’ Castro and sophomore, Ryan Stephens. Both Castro and Stephens played well with the fast attacking Polk players. Harbin, verbally directing the young replacements, managed to control play and direct the South Point attack to the wings.

Will Harbin (South Point Soccer website photo)

South Point played an interesting 4-5-1 formation for a period of time, with a lone striker, Tyler Martin, being fed a steady stream of breaking balls from the wings. With Haskins entering the match about the 20th minute, the formation changed, Haskins playing outside on the left, and Martin to the right. Both guys appeared to be loving the opportunities.

Aaron Pegues had to “turn on the afterburners” a couple of times as #10, #12, and #9 for Polk seemed to slip unmarked behind the outside backs. Aaron saved a couple of goals in the penalty area by his speed and foot skills.

Harbin saw the outside opportunities beginning to multiply late in first half. Haskins continued to drift outside along the left touchline, and at the 39th minute, Harbin running toward the right just past midfield, saw Haskins unmarked way over on the left and sent him a sweet cross. Haskins answered the call with a rightfooted dinger past the Polk keeper. The first half ended with South Point leading 1-0.

A more spirited South Point came out in the second half. Touches were quicker, however, the substitutes still are learning to step up to the ball more aggressively. Several times they getting beat and losing one-on-one situations. Matt Myers played some significant minutes in this match. He was able to learn quickly and adjusted to a quicker style needed at this level. Nathan Kelly, Cameron Matthews, and Josh Springs contributed to a good second half showing.

South Point still needs to quit watching the ball and read the field better. Multiple times, opposition wings were left unmarked giving them opportunities that just weren’t necessary.

In the second half, Kelly, Martin, Myers, and Bradley Avery had shot opportunities that resulted in saves by the keeper or corner kicks. Pegues was kept busy running up from the back to take the kicks and retreating quickly on Polk’s counterattacks. About the 64th minute, Harbin once again found the chest of a forward running Haskins who two-touched the ball, and chipped the keeper who had come off his line to challenge him, big mistake,  goal #2 for South Point.

Tyler Martin (South Point Soccer website photo)

Polk County did not give up anything in this match. they remained tough through the rest of regulation, earning multiple corner kicks during the last 15 minutes of the match. #9 for Polk County, Joshua Trejo, sent a crossing pass slightly back to #10, beautiful pass, that caught Josh Springs having to change directions and falling. #10 took his shot and caught Gadd flat, with the ball barely rolling into the net. 2-1.

Polk kept up the attack all the way to full time continually being denied by SP defense, resulting in a loss for them and a win for the Raiders.

Notes:

JV score, SP – 3, Polk Co – 0 

Currently injured players: Carswell, knee sprain; Crane, ligament strain-foot

Student crowd at soccer matches is getting larger. Thanks football players for showing your support to the “other teams”.

YAY – food (well, hot dogs anyway) at the concession stand; also good to see the athletic director attending the match

Forestview -3, Ashbrook – 1        Can’t you just feel the love by the Gazette for Forestview – give it a rest Phillip Gardner !  Last week, a parent from Forestview, gave a knock to the Belmont Front Porch, “…”Belmont Front Proch” blog is probably NOT the most unbiased source in the first place…”, while reviewing this community blog on the NC Soccer Forum, as if the GASTONIA Gazette even cares about anything outside of its city limits unless it reeks of controversy. Did they even cover the Ashbrook – South Point  overtime match on 9/17? NOT !

As they say in the ads for “Cheez-It” – “Get Yur Own Box !”

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  • 1. Gary Martin  |  September 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks, for just good honest viewpoints, on South Point soccer. If It was not for you, we would only have half a paragraph articles at best if any thing at all.Your descriptions of these games are so much appreciated. Keep up the good work !!

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