Monday, October 10, 2016
Kings Mountain High School
Chase came to Kings Mountain on Monday for a battle of the two top teams in the SMAC Conference. On a night where the senior members were recognized for their years of efforts on the soccer pitch, the match was certainly everything it was built up to be. The visitors got on the board first at the fourteenth minute of play as Rhyne Howard blasted a shot from 25 yards out that found the upper left ninety for a 1-0 advantage. Just 3 minutes later the home team knotted the score at 1. Co-Captain, Luke Rikard, placed a wonderfully paced chipped ball just beyond the center backs that teammate Josue Molina collected, beat the keeper off the dribble, before shooting into the open net. That was not the only good chance the host team would get as both teams opened up and each keeper made some big saves to keep the game tied at the half. Rikard had a point blank shot that the Chase keeper dove the wrong way on, but his deflected the ball harmlessly out of bounds for a corner kick. Mountaineer keeper, John Harris IV, came up with 3 saves on shots from 30 plus yards that were cleared by the home defenders to limit the goals in the first half. Chase would score just 3 minutes into the second half on a direct kick from 30 yards out that was just a screamer to once again put Chase on top. The Mountaineers came up with a tremendous effort with several good opportunities to tie the match, but the Chase keeper, Brian Perez, was up to the task. Chase would get another great chance to score with 12 minutes left in regulation but the post was kind to the home team as it rebounded straight out and was cleared by Brandon Quevedo-Johns. The match became a bit physical as Chase Yow was cleated by a Chase attacker and left the match to get stitches in the face just 10 minutes into the second half. Mason Nguyen came in and played some very steady midfield for the injured Yow. Holden Bullock got tangled up with a Chase attacker and was given a yellow card for the hard challenge. Later Bullock would again be involved in a hard challenge and would receive his second yellow and be shown the red card with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. The Mountaineers never stopped pressing and had 3 good scoring opportunities in the waining minutes but were denied the equalizer. The final score kept Chase on top the conference with a perfect 13-0 record. Shelby will now take over the second spot in conference followed by the Mountaineers with a 9-3 mark. The loss ends a 9 game winning streak by the Mountaineers and is the first home loss of the season. They next travel to E. Gaston on Thursday for a non-conference match with the JV beginning at 5 followed by the varsity at 6:30.