Raiders Ride Green Wave in OT Thriller

October 11, 2007 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

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(Benjamin Patten- Gazette Photo)

Kevin Haskins made a point on Wednesday night.

It took another 100 minutes for South Point to earn the last word with Ashbrook for the 2007 season. The point was made very clear: “shooters shoot, and goals are made”. Haskins scored two goals in overtime to lead the Red Raiders to a 2-0 victory over Ashbrook.

In three matches with Ashbrook this season, 284 minutes in total, South Point put away the Green Wave 8-1, with Haskins scoring six of those goals. 

  Ashbrook and Forestview fans will dispute the assertion that most defenses collapse around Haskins in the attacking third of the field. But once again last night, there were as many as four defenders in a square around Haskins for most of the match in regulation time. Unfortunately, in the OT, the defense broke down and South Point’s patience on the attack was ready to pounce on that mistake.

Ashbrook brought their “A-Game” to the match as they always do in Big South Conference competitions. Ashbrook keeper, Harrison Hamorsky, had a career-night making 12 awesome saves of on-frame shots by the attacking Raiders. Freshman midfielder, Casey Frey, sophomore defender, Justin Brooks, and junior defender, Evan Rankin all played a superior match. Ronald Hernandez and Matt Conner also had a good outing for Ashbrook. This is a very good 4A side and should do well in the state playoffs. Ashbrook seniors, Andres’ Patino, Andy Rangel, Jared Kiser, and Stephen Valenzuela had decent nights, but South Point’s defense held tight.

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South Point’s senior keeper, Case Gadd, recorded yet another shutout, his 11th of the season. Gadd was fabulous in goal, only allowing one corner kick off shots taken. Gadd continued to show little fear coming off his line to challenge Rangel, Patino, and Conner when they managed to get behind the defense.

Aaron Pegues led a super effort by the South Point defense. Pegues keeps the team focused by his constant talking and directing. The defense stepped up quickly and caught Ashbrook attackers in offside positions multiple times. His tutelage has extended to the sophomore midfielder, Ryan Stephens, who demonstrated a maturity beyond his age against much older and bigger opponents.

Matt Crane had another great outing, drawing down the defensive capacity of Rangel, Frey, Valenzuela, and Patino by quick bursting runs and perfectly placed plasses. Assists for both of Haskins’ goals were credited to Crane.

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The midfield and defense welcomed back Andre’ Castro and Sam Reese. Their presence adds speed and ball control capacity to the Raiders at both ends of the field.

Will Harbin had a great night once more even with Casey Frey on his back most of the evening. Ryan Anderson, Nate Kelly, Tater Martin, Bradley Avery, Cameron Matthews, and Devon Anderson played key roles in the win.

It was a great win for South Point, setting up a “rubber match” with Forestview next Monday night at Lineberger Stadium. South Point won the first meeting in the Gazette Cup final and Forestview won at home a few weeks ago. Playoff seeding implications are riding on the outcome of the final clash.   

Notes:

The Red Raider JV squad beat Ashbrook JV’s, 2-1 on a game winning shot by Stuart Turner. Matt Young scored the first goal for South Point. The JV record for the season is 7-2-1, which points to a great future for Red Raider soccer.

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The Gazette’s “official” Gastonia report. They couldn’t make it through the article without mentioning Forestview could they? Speaking of Forestview — they won 6-0 over North Gaston last night — and still managed to get a couple of players to support their friends at Ashbrook and scout at the same time during the latter stages of the second half and OT.

 

 

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