MADISON — One day after beating rivals Winfield High 6-1, the No. 1 ranked Class AA Scott High School (5-1-0) took on a team above its weight class in AAA school Cabell Midland High (6-0).
The Ona squad was, as of that game, the No. 3 ranked boys’ soccer program in the state of West Virginia, and had yet to lose a match. The game was an even larger challenge than the previous one against Winfield, but Scott players gave it their all and treated their home crowd to a memorable match.
Carson Asbury opened up scoring at 22:43 in the first half, the only goal in the first 40 minutes of the game. From one senior to another, Ian Gillispie showed his ability to create opportunities by setting Asbury up with a key cross, which the latter headed to give Scott the 1-0 lead.
At 31:03 in the second half of the match, Gillispie crossed the ball once again. A deflection led to a loose ball, which was kicked into the back of the net by senior Chase Jackson to make it 2-0 in favor of the home squad. Despite a goal against from Knights junior Ryan Holmes at 17:47 after a well-placed cross, Cabell Midland never managed to tie up the match nor overtake Scott, leading to a 2-1 final score.
Scott Assistant Coach Rodney Miller explained that the work put in by the team in both practice and against opponents has made them a team capable of accomplishing what they have thus far.
“They have worked to play at the highest level in West Virginia and now that we are there, these young men must prove their worth each and every time they step on the field,” Miller said.
He said the proverbial target on Scott’s back becomes bigger with each win, and it does much to keep the coaches and players thinking about how best to prepare every step of the way. Even with the ongoing pandemic, Miller said, the boys are enjoying the ride.
Seniors Carson Asbury and Chase Jackson each scored 1 goal to lead the Skyhawks. Senior Ian Gillispie led in assists by assisting both. Cabell Midland’s junior Ryan Holmes scored his team’s only goal. As of Oct. 3, Scott High ranks No. 1 in the state of West Virginia and No. 12 in the United States in boys’ soccer.
Scott’s (6-0-1) next game was slated to be at Point Pleasant Senior/Middle (6-3-4) at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, but the school district was in orange on Saturday’s re-entry map, so sports and in-person school are suspended this week. Cabell Midland (6-1) is to challenge Wheeling Park (9-2) away at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10.