Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Kings Mountain High School
On the road were the Mountaineers as they took on the defending SMAC Champions on Monday evening. The visitors came out as hot as the weather was at game time, 90 degrees. The first 15 minutes saw the Mounties with several corner kicks and deep throw-ins that gave Chase a wake up call. Even though the visitors controlled the possession and outshot the host team in the first 20 minutes, it was Chase that drew first blood. Senior Preston Walker took a perfect through pass and drilled the ball just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead. Back and forth went the action as Luke Rikard and Josh Scism had good looks at the Chase goal but were denied the goal. “Trailing at halftime 1-0 was nothing to be ashamed of,” said coach Dan Potter. “We just had to make a couple of minor adjustments and we felt good about our chances in the second half.” Landon Wright took a nice ball to the corner and drilled a shot that caught side netting, only on the wrong side of the netting. Dane Skeith also served a great cross late in the match to Rikard, who once again, just missed scoring. Chase would again score off a set piece as Preston Walker made a nice near post run and headed in the second goal for Chase. “I was very proud of my players tonight as they never quit and really started to get into a bit of an attacking rhythm the last 15 minutes of the match,” said Potter. Chase would put some icing on the cake with just under 5 minutes left in regulation as Walker completed the hat trick on a questionable offsides call. Mountaineer keeper, John Harris, really played an outstanding job of coming off his line in the match tonight and kept the Mountaineers in the contest. The loss leaves the Mountaineers with a 2-2 conference record and an overall record of 6-2. E. Burke comes to John Gamble Stadium in KM on Wednesday with match time set at 6 pm.