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September 29, 2013

Beavers kick Scott, win third straight

EAST RIVER — Like a soccer ball in front of a talented striker, the Bluefield High boys soccer team is on a roll.

With a pair of freshmen scoring goals less than a minute apart, the Beavers secured a 2-0 victory over the Scott High School Skyhawks on Saturday afternoon at East River Soccer Complex. It was Bluefield’s third win in a row and their fourth in their last five matches.

Robb Williams’ team, which fields four freshman starters, was on the attack from the outset, controlling play for almost the entire first five minutes. The home squad showed no reluctance to challenge for possession or to attempt to make a difficult athletic play.

None of those efforts was reflected on the scoreboard for the first 43 minutes. Bluefield (8-6) took 10 shots in the scoreless first half to Scott’s five, with four other forays by the Beavers halted by offside calls.

“We had many, many shots in the first half, but they didn’t wind up in the goal,” Williams said.

Shortly before halftime ended, he walked out to the edge of the 18-yard box with his three main strikers and began pointing out angles to them.

“We worked on some shots,” he said after the game. “Their goalkeeper was playing aggressively, and we talked about angles that we could use to hit the corners.”

Only 3:40 into the second half, Zach Springman crossed the ball in to fellow freshman Donte Sisk, who put the ball in the net with his left foot.

Springman said, “I was initially just trying to beat (the defender), and then I saw my teammate calling for me, and I just passed the ball to him, being a team player.”

“We were working hard in the first half and just couldn’t get a goal, but when we got that goal, it was a sigh of relief.”

Freshman Andrew Riffe, who played a solidly for Bluefield as center midfielder, said, “We feel that even if we’re up at the half, we still think of it like it’s 0-0, it’s anybody’s game.”

About 45 seconds after Sisk’s goal, Tyler Brooks and Springman took the ball deep into Scott territory, and Springman waited for a good angle and unleashed a quick scoring shot.

Springman said, “Me and my teammate, Tyler Brooks, we know each other so well, that I just gave him that pass and he knew where I was going to be. He sent it to me and I finished the goal.”

Bluefield took 17 shots, seven on goal, and had five corner kicks. Scott had eight corners and was offsides just once.

Scott (6-5-1) goalkeeper Tristan Moore had four saves, the last one a spectacular left-handed grab of another shot by Springman.

Scott coach Zach Boyd, who spent four years punting for the Concord football team, said, “It’s a tough loss. We just made a couple of mental mistakes. ... We’re a third-year program. We’re just trying to get better.”

Senior Ryan Cowan was a bright spot for the Skyhawks offensively and defensively. Boyd said, “He’s a very big part of our leadership team. He’s very good.”

The Skyhawks had won four of five matches prior to Saturday. Williams said, “We were fortunate to get a win. They were a tough team.”

Bluefield’s sectional rival PikeView is next on the Beavers’ schedule. Williams said, “We’ve got a big test Tuesday at PikeView. They’re the premier team in our area. Our whole season is geared so that we are able to play them competitively in the sectional.”

— Contact Tom Bone at

tbone@bdtonline.com

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