Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 2, 2012

PikeView celebrates Senior Night with a pair of soccer victories

By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GARDNER — The PikeView Panthers were without their leading scorer on Tuesday evening.

All they did was to get 16 shots on goal and scoring from four players in a 7-0 defeat of Midland Trail High School on a damp and muddy field.

Three scores in the first 15 minutes, all on assists from senior Quinton Brown, provided the Panthers a lot of breathing room.

PikeView coach Sam Hill said, “To scoring those three goals ... was encouraging. I think we got Trail back on their back foot because of that, and the game kind of slowed down after that.”

“The boys’ team, we’re still trying to find our way ... to be successful in the postseason,” said Hill. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves today.”

Hunter Klein, PikeView’s leading scorer as a freshman, suffered a concussion in a game in mid-September, Hill said, and has not played since.

“That’s certainly created part of the havoc, personnel-wise,” the coach said. “We have the quality of players and the depth that, if the coaches could figure it out, I think we can still be successful.”

Their success on Tuesday against the Class A Patriots started in the sixth minute. Seth Wood scored the first goal after the PikeView strikers forced the Patriots goalkeeper into committing to defend the other side of the net.

Wood also scored the final goal from near midfield, arcing a ball over the goalkeepers’ head with 3:10 left in the match.

Freshman Alec White had a hat trick with three goals. Vaughn Campbell punched in the last goal of the first half from short range for a 4-0 lead.

Alex Testerman showed persistence, being denied on two close-range shots before his third try found the net in a second-half flurry.

Assists came from Brown, Testerman, freshman Alec  White and junior Noah Harrison.

Rickie Carter of the Patriots stood out from the crowd for his technical ability to control the ball, and forward Daniel Hunter played a tenacious game.

Midland Trail coach Dave Pollard said his team did not play with sufficient emotion. About their opponents, he said, “PikeView was very disciplined. They made the pass everytime, they made the run everytime.”

The PVHS girls team (11-2-2) had the upper hand with James Monroe, winning 10-0.

In the fifth minute, the Panthers’ two seniors combined for the first goal. Laura Hill placed a corner kick to Charlotte Webster for a header. About three minutes later, freshman Sophie Klein and Laura Hill put the ball into the net.

Sam Hill said, “To get three goals, from three different goal-scorers, all of them being pretty good build-ups and finishes, really got us off on the right foot, loosened us up a little bit.”

Klein got two goals and Laura Hill accounted for four, the last one on a direct kick from about 25 yards out for a 9-0 advantage.

Madison May used a header for another goal. Freshman Sydnee Staton found an opening in a crowd and drove the ball into the net for the final score.

The ball often bogged down in the mud and pools of water. At one point a Panther and Maverick dived into the water after the ball, kicking up a spray and coming up wringing wet.

“Certainly the field conditions made it a challenge for both teams,” Hill said, “but once you got the momentum kind of moving in your direction, it was easy to stay in front.”

Hill fed three assists, and Webster and Brooke Baker also picked up assists.

“You’re always worried where your team’s focus is going to be on a night like this,” Hill said, in reference to “senior night” activities between the boys and girls game.

“They’re not a bad team,” Hill said about James Monroe.

James Monroe first-year coach Cassie Miller said, “PikeView’s a good team. This was a tough one.”

She noted, “We had a rough start we didn’t get started until Aug. 13. ... We have five girls who never played soccer before. We have 14 now; we just got two back from injury. But the girls, I’m proud of them. They don’t give up.”

Among those hustling for the Mavericks, who host the Bluefield girls today at 5 p.m., were senior Emily McKinney and the speedy Rebecca Sparks.

The PikeView boys and girls are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday at Sissonville, starting with the girls game at 5 p.m.

The girls are on the road to play Nicholas County on Saturday morning and the boys play Monday at Independence. Both teams are at Midland Trail for a doubleheader next Tuesday.

Both PikeView squads end the regular season on Oct. 11 at home, playing Shady Spring, now a Class AAA school.

— Contact Tom Bone at

tbone@bdtonline.com