Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 22, 2013

PikeView girls roll to 10-0 tournament victory

EAST RIVER — For most of Monday evening at the East River Soccer Complex, only half the grass on Field 1 was in play.

The PikeView Panthers girls soccer team controlled the ball in the Wyoming East half of the pitch for about 90 percent of the time in their opening-round Class AA-A Region III sectional game, and ended up with an 10-0 rout of the Warriors.

It was a double dose of happiness for PikeView (13-5-1), coming after the boys’ 8-0 shutout of Mingo Central.

The Panthers got several shots in the opening minutes but could not get the ball in goal.

“Just keep shooting!” said head coach Sam Hill. It worked.

Lexie O’Dell chipped a ball over the shoulder of the Wyoming East keeper five minutes into the match for the first of her two goals on the night. O’Dell’s deft passing and ball control were essential to the PikeView effort.

Freshman Kari Shrewsbury recorded a hat trick with three goals. Senior Brooke Baker also got two scores, both from at least 35 yards out.

In the second half, after Baker’s beautiful rainbow shot sailed over the keeper’s head and into the net, PikeView got goals from junior Shyann Carr, sophomore Tyler Farmer and senior Kassie Catron — who was knocked to the ground, only to get up and fire the ball quickly up high into the net.

Shrewsbury capped off the scoring with a quick shot with 5:29 left.

Carr provided two assists on the night, and Catron and Farmer also had assists.

PikeView took nine corner kicks and made 24 shots on goal. Warriors keeper Taleah Bailey was able to make eight stops. Wyoming East deployed a couple of defenders in the goal box at times to punch the ball away.

The Warriors did not manage a shot on goal and had no corner kicks.

Everyone on the PikeView bench got into the action as Hill sent substitutes onto the field starting about 20 minutes in.

Hill said, “I thought that was, from a confidence standpoint — not that we haven’t been playing well — that that was a good game for us, to be able to play all 17 players, a lot of minutes, and get good contributions from everybody.”

“From a coaching standpoint, we want to be able to play the same style of soccer,  no matter which 11 we have on the field. From my perspective, I didn’t see any change in our quality ... and that was probably the best thing to come from this game, keeping the quality high for 80 minutes.”

“We’ve played awfully well the last two games. We beat Shady (Spring) Thursday night and beat Huntington St. Joe the Saturday before that, probably our two better efforts of the season.”

“To follow those two games up with the quality that we were able to play with tonight — I think we’re playing as well as we’ve played all year, and probably as well as we can play as a team, given what we’ve got this year.”

The Panthers, ranked sixth in the new West Virginia Soccer Association Class AA-A listings, move on to the sectional championship match on Thursday at East River, taking on the winner of today’s match between Bluefield and Mingo Central.

— Contact Tom Bone at tbone@bdtonline.com

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