It takes time to build a program. That was on the mind of the Scott Boys Soccer club at the beginning of the season, but that only lasted until the Skyhawks took the field. At that point, they had winning desires and went after their games.
Coming off their first ever season in 2011, with a shortened schedule and a schedule containing powerhouses and some smaller squads, Scott entered the 2012 season with a full slate of opponents, most of which were contenders for state recognition.
When the dust had settled at the end of the season, the upstart Skyhawks finished with a 2-16-1 record.
“We play in a very difficult part of the State”, said Head Coach Zach Boyd. He added, “We are going up against many well established programs throughout the region, and on top of that, we may be in the toughest section in the state.” The coach’s statements seem to hold true when you look at the championship history of the combined AA-A division, where the state champion has come from the Region IV, Section 2 grouping that includes Scott. That fact hasn’t held the young team back from working hard, starting to get wins and earn respect from other more established programs. Coach Boyd went on to clarify, “Even with the level we are going up against, we are getting better, more experienced, and we won’t back down from anybody”.
The program started to develop an identity in the community this season as well. They hosted a special Patriot Day game on September 11th, where they welcomed and recognized all active duty military and veterans as well as police, fire and EMS workers as their special guests. On October 4th, the boy’s donned special pink uniforms as the hosted a Kicking for a Cure “Pink Out” in support of breast cancer awareness. There were informational displays and the boys sold pink shirts where proceeds went to a local breast cancer support group.
The team and its players are starting to be recognized in its early history. Two Skyhawk players were recently recognized in the 2012 WV High School Soccer Coaches Association All State team. Junior forward Ryan Cowan and Sophomore mid-fielder Michael Miller both received Honorable Mention in the all state balloting as well as first team Cardinal Conference selections. Sophomores Nick Paitsel and Donovan Moore received all conference first team recognition from the Cardinal Conference as well as first time senior goalkeeper Cody Brown selected to the second team. What makes Brown’s accomplishment even more special is the fact that this is the first time Brown had ever played the game. Coach Boyd commented, “While we have some who are more experienced, Cody’s effort coming into this game and performing like he did is typical of the hard work these young men put into this season. We are very impressed with the progress they are making.”
Here is a listing of the recognition of Skyhawks Boy’s Soccer team players for 2012:
Michael Miller Sophomore, Midfielder All State - Honorable Mention & All Cardinal Conference - First Team
Ryan Cowan Junior, Forward All State - Honorable Mention & All Cardinal Conference - First Team
Nick Paitsel Sophomore, Defender All Cardinal Conference - First Team
Donovan Moore Sophomore, Midfielder All Cardinal Conference - First Team
Cody Brown Senior, Goalkeeper All Cardinal Conference - Second Team
The 2013 boy’s 20 game soccer schedule is almost complete and opponents will include Midland Trail, Ravenswood, Herbert Hoover, Sissonville, Wyoming East, Lincoln County, Bluefield, Independence, Parkersburg Catholic and Mingo Central and will be released after the new year.