By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PikeView got goals from four different players and their defense had another shutout as the Lady Panthers downed the Bluefield Lady Beavers 4-nil, Thursday night at PikeView High School.
“We’ve been strong defensively,” said PikeView coach Sam Hill. “We’ve given up 14 goals and this was our 12th game. Six of those goals came against Charleston Catholic and two of those we scored, own goals.”
PikeView lit up the scoreboard late in the first half, in the 35th minute on a goal from Shyann Carr. Two minutes later Lexy O’Dell found the back of the net from 10 yards out to make it 2-0 as the teams went to the intermission.
“Bluefield is a much-improved team from last year and we underestimated them the first time we played,” Hill said. “I think our girls learned from that experience and came out with an attitude of understanding we had to compete for 80 minutes or we’d find ourselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Unfortunately this year we’ve been a slow starting team, but I felt we started pretty good tonight. I’m tickled to see that.”
The Lady Panthers got second half goals from Sophie Klein in the 31st minute on an assist by O’Dell, and from Hailey Reed off a corner kick by Brooke Baker in the 24th minute.
Bluefield coach Ricky Lester said, “We fought hard, but PikeView is a really good team. We’re making strides. We lost by four. Last year they lost by double digits. We’re making a competitive run. We fought hard and I’m proud of them.”
It was Senior Night at PikeView and seniors Brooke Baker, Bethany Bryant, Kassie Catron and Hope Nester were recognized prior to the game along with their parents.
Bluefield fell to 3-9-3 and will host Nicholas County on Thursday.
PikeView moved to 10-4 and will host Sissonville, also on Thursday.