By LOGAN DARNELL
For the Coal Valley News
MADISON — Scott High School hosted Chapmanville Regional’s boys’ soccer and Poca High’s girls’ soccer on Sept. 17 in a regular doubleheader for the Scott Soccer program.
The boys (6-1) took on the Tigers (0-1-6) first, in a match that resulted in an overwhelming 13-0 victory for the home side. The much newer CRHS boys’ team struggled against the Skyhawks’ press and versatile group of attacking players.
Scoring opened for the Skyhawks one minute in, with a cross from junior Carson Asbury to freshman Isaac Setser, who put away the chance in his first of two goals, with the other coming two minutes later off a through pass from junior Ian Gillispie. Six goals were scored in the first half, with one goal each from junior Lucas Older, sophomore Robert Setser, junior Ty McClung, and junior Chase Jackson.
The second half began with Lucas Older’s second goal off a steal, putting the Skyhawks up 7-0. Junior Carson Asbury scored the next two, followed by two from freshman Jordan Smith and one each from senior Gage Matthews and freshman Klayton Matthews. Ian Gillispie led Scott in assists with three.
The Lady Hawks (2-1-6) endured a tough game against the Poca Lady Dots (4-2-2). The visitors won the contest 5-0, with an injured Scott High unable to keep up.
Freshman Katie Farley netted a hat trick to lead her team to triumph, tallying an assist in addition. Sophomore Estrella Hernandez and freshman Ellie Miner also scored goals against Scott in a match where the Poca side constantly attacked to generate 9 shots on goal. Other assists came from freshman Alexis Kowalkoski and junior Hannah Runion.
Coach Del Kimbler attributed the outcome to lack of communication among the girls.
“We started slowly, didn’t communicate well, and didn’t pass well. Our midfield opened up, and we had three injuries, which is not good.”
The absence of center-midfielder and team captain Diana Birchfield was felt in the match. The senior, who is out with a rolled ankle, is a field general for the Lady Hawks.
“It’s hard to fill in for a four-year senior starter with a freshman or sophomore,” Kimbler said.
Poca head coach Brian Griggs was pleased with the effort from the Lady Dots. “I thought we played good as a team,” he says. “We started off a little slow, passing and shooting was off at first, but once they got it down, it was a pretty good [team] effort.”
The Lady Hawks (2-1-7) host Point Pleasant (5-3) on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The boys (8-1) play Greenbrier East (4-5) home that same evening at 7:30 p.m.