Harbin Handles Huss

October 9, 2007 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Will Harbin put an exclamation point on a possible Big South conference “Player of the Year” last night with 4 goals against Hunter Huss — all in the first half — while South Point cruised to a 9 -0 win at home.

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Harbin’s first-half effort sparked the Red Raiders to their 14th win of the season with only one loss. The soccer team is currently ranked 3rd in the North Carolina 3A division rankings.

Will took charge in the match from the opening whistle, frustrating the Hunter Huss players from the get-go. His strength on and off the ball is probably the best out of the western region for a midfielder across all divisions. Harbin challenged everything within a 20-yard zone, winning the ball in most encounters with Huss players. Harbin’s teammates graciously replayed his feeds when it became apparent that the wing placement of Haskins and Crane stretched the center of the defense. Will’s response — two times in the first 15 minutes with up-the-center runs and zingers into the net.

This match was Harbin’ second hat trick in as many outings, with the fourth goal a “trash pickup” when Huss players were confused about where the ball  was going in the penalty area.

The Raiders looked very strong in this conference match, with everyone contributing solid performances.

Case Gadd had one of his best nights of the season. Gadd challenged Huss striker, Allen Chegue early in the first half, coming up large with the save of a missile shot high in the box. Gadd added four more on-frame saves in the second half and did not allow a corner kick by the visitors all evening.

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(Case Gadd – Keith Coward photo/Forestview website)

Huss plays a very physical style of soccer that can work against them. This night was particularly frustrating for the boys in blue, resulting in several retaliatory fouls that resulted in yellow cards.  The referee crew did a good job overall managing the flow of the match, keeping the match safe.

Kevin Haskins, wasn’t silent by any means in this match. Haskins’ presence on the field as the state’s top scoring threat, keeps all defenders on their toes. Haskins used his superior handling skills and ability to place the ball at his team’s feet makes South Point one of the top contenders into the state playoffs. Haskins’ goal in the second half was his 28th of the season along with 11 assists.

Tyler Martin drew a penalty kick opportunity in the second half when he was taken down from behind in the box by the Huss keeper, Ray Chegue. Martin converted on the chance, breaking a five match personal scoring drought. Tyler scored a second goal a few minutes later with his speed, and a newly found touch on the ball.

The South Point defense led by Aaron Pegues had another strong night. Josh Springs played in the left back position, replacing Sam Reese who was out with a broken finger. “The Arm” performed well throughout the evening, getting several shot opportunities late in the match when South Point pushed up their defense past the midfield. Springs’ ability to perform incredibly accurate long range throw-ins allows the Raiders the ability to challenge from a distance.

The varsity underclassmen, Patz and Stephens played well enough. Patz found the net once in 3 opportunities. Juniors Matt Myers and Nate Kelly performed well under pressure. Myers had several chances to win challenges from the Huss players.

South Point was light on the bench for this match. Carswell, Reese, and Castro were out with injuries or illness, giving all the players opportunities for minutes played.

Aaron Pegues finalized the Raider’s scoring with a perfectly placed shot from 25 yards into the right upper 90.

South Point travels to Ashbrook on Wednesday night for an important conference match. A win will allow South Point to keep pace with Forestview for the conference lead. The varsity match begins about 7:10 PM with the JV’s kicking off at 5:30. Ashbrook HS is on New Hope Road in Gastonia, about a quarter mile past the intersection with Redbud Road.

Notes:

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The JV team got back into the win column last night with a dominating performance over the Hunter Huss JV’s, 7-2. Freshmen, Kyle Mincey and Franklin Widenhouse each had a hat trick, and Joey Mitchell adding one more. Pennington, Ray, and Ben Propst each had assists. Freshman, Stuart Turner had another good match along with Emmanuel Loredo. Sophomores, Gavin Quick and Thomas Pennington led a strong South Point defense.

  

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