Your scoring machine graduated. So what do you do?
If you’re the PikeView Panthers, you come back with a lockdown defense.
PikeView blanked Shady Spring 4-0 Thursday at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Stadium for its sixth victory — and sixth shutout — in seven games.
Shady has speed at forward and on the wings, but managed just three shots on goal to seven for the Panthers.
“I had seen them against Woodrow and I saw they had lots of speed, were very athletic and reasonably physical,” PikeView coach Sam Hill said. “I tried to build the guys up into that mentality when the game opened, and they responded well.”
Whatever the Tigers tried, PikeView had an answer, usually in the form of center backs Alex Testerman, a junior, and sophomore Jason Weitzel.
“They’ve done a fantastic job,” Hill said. “They’ve very quick and athletic, and very fast and sure of themselves.”
Their running mates on the outside have been outstanding as well.
“We rotate, depending on the opponent, but Seth Wood and Josiah Bailey (both sophomores) were the ones we used tonight,” Hill said. “They’re very athletic.”
Rounding all the defense is the keeper, Austin Cordell, a sophomore who played in middle school but concentrated on baseball last year.
“(His teammates) got him to come out this year,” Hill said. “He gets better with every game he plays.”
Offensively, the Panthers are replacing graduated all-stater Casey Weatherly and his unofficial state-record 60 goals .
PikeView moved the ball well at midfield, compared to Shady, which kicked long balls all night.
“Our passing was disappointing,” Tigers coach Michael Manning said. “It’s been tremendous this year, until this game. Whenever we had a 50-50 ball, we were a step behind.”
The score could have been even more one-sided, except for a couple of big saves from Tigers keeper Jonathan Beckett.
“We’ve got the quality in our personnel to keep possession,” Hill said.
The Panthers received two goals from freshman Hunter Klein, and solo scores from Vaughn Campbell and Alec White.
The girls played to a 3-3 tie. PikeView’s Laura Hill scored twice and Madison May picked up the Panthers’ other goal. Charlotte Webster assisted on Hill’s first goal. Shady Spring got two goals from Lyndsey Thompson and one from Brianna Bevil.
PikeView goalkeeper Kristin Brinkley had four saves and Shady Spring’s Alex Underwood stopped five of the Panthers’ shots on goal.
PikeView (6-2-1) plays at Oak Hill at 4 p.m. Thursday with the boys’ game to follow.