By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
After a scoreless first half, the PikeView Panthers broke through on the Bluefield Beavers defense and gained a 4-0 win in boys soccer, Tuesday evening on the PVHS campus.
PikeView came out charging and took control of the game’s tempo from the outset. Nearly the entire first half was played in front of the Bluefield goal as the Panthers had 12 shots on goal compared to one for the Beavers.
“Zero-zero at halftime, that game should never be with that much possession,” said PikeView coach Bill Hopkins. “We’ve got to do a little better up top moving to an open spot and getting quality shots, not just shots at goal but quality shots. We’ve got to move better. To beat quality teams day-in and day-out you’ve got to really move and get good quality shots.”
Bluefield keeper Jeremy Thompson helped keep PikeView off the board in the first 40 minutes as he had six saves and the Beavers stacked the box, making it difficult for the Panthers to reach the goal.
PikeView wasted little time before it scored in the second half. Six minutes in Seth Wood’s header on an assist from Vaughn Campbell gave the Panthers the lead. Isaac Von Blaricom put in a rebound seven minutes later to give PikeView a 2-0 advantage.
Campbell added PikeView’s final two goals, within 10 seconds of each other. The first with 9:43 left on a shot from 20 yards out that landed in the right corner of the net, and the second at 9:33 after he stole the ball and scored on a breakaway.
Hopkins praised his team’s defensive efforts.
“Jason Weitzel, Austin Cordell in goal, Alex Testerman, Paydon Cutlip and Joe Bailey, those guys night-in, night out, they have not allowed a goal in four or five straight games. If they continue to play like that, we’re going to be hard to beat,” Williams noted.
Bluefield coach Robb Williams said the Beavers had a plan entering the game and it worked up to a point.
“I had seen what they did in the first game (against us). We mad some adjustments and they seemed to work. Jeremy, our goalie, played a great game. In the first half he was stopping everything,” Williams said.
“It was a very physical game. They got a couple of yellow cards early which probably affected them a little bit. I was pleased with the first half. Our strategy was to play tough defense, hold them close and make a push in the second half. Unfortunately they got a great first goal on a nice set play on a header.”
Bluefield, now 8-7, will play Saturday at Herbert Hoover.
PikeView improved to 10-3 and will host Sissonville on Thursday.
After the game and prior to the girls game PikeView’s seniors Beau Smith, Alex Testerman, Garrett Butler, Vaughn Campbell and Noah Harrison were recognized along with their parents for their contributions to the Panthers’ program.