By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
If one saw the entirety of the PikeView boys soccer game with the Oak Hill Red Devils and witnessed the intensity of play, one would have thought the Panthers would have been victorious. But unfortunately for PikeView, Oak Hill got the breaks when they needed them and picked up a 5-1 win, Tuesday evening on the PVHS campus.
The Panthers forced the action and were the aggressor in the first half, having unofficially nine shots on goal to six for Oak Hill, but with just under three minutes remaining before half, Oak Hill’s Jon Hardman was in the right place at the right time and his kick off a rebound found the net and gave Oak Hill a 1-0 lead.
Not a full minute later Ian Hunt took the ball on a breakaway and scored to make it 2-0 and that is where it stood at the intermission.
PikeView remained the aggressor as the teams came out for the second half. Alec White’s corner kick was headed into the goal by Brandon Calfee just 45 seconds into the second half and PikeView was on the board.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, it would be their lone goal of the night.
Oak Hill got two second half goals from Joel Bracken and another from Hunt to push their lead to 5-1, the eventual final score.
Midway through the second half, injury struck Oak Hill as Cameron Health injured his hand and left the game.
PikeView head coach Bill Hopkins said, “The defense played solid. You’re looking at the No. 5 AAA team in the state and we took it to them in the first half for sure. The second half it got a little crazy. We out-shot them 20-19 on the night. I guess we need to find some four-leaf clovers. Luck is just not with us yet.
“I think we played a heck of a game tonight. I think the fans sure got their money’s worth. All-in-all a heck of a soccer game.”
Despite gaining the win, Oak Hill coach Kyle Kent was distraught due to the injury of one of his team captains.
“A win is a win so you’re always going to take those. I did lose a solid defender tonight to an injury so I’m pretty heart-broken about that. I would have then the loss to still have Cameron (Heath) play for me right now.
“Overall it is a win, but it doesn’t feel that way to me right now.”
Preliminary reports were that Heath may have either broken or dislocated his wrist.
PikeView falls to 6-4-1 with the loss, two of those coming at the hands of Oak Hill.
The Red Devils remain undefeated with a 9-0-1 record, their only blemish a tie to defending Class AA-A state champion Charleston Catholic.