MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Mohigans and College Hawks boys’ soccer groups took to the pitch at Pony Lewis Area for a Mohawk Derby on a cold Thursday night below the lights.
MHS remained undefeated on the season (8-0-1) with a 4-0 victory over the visiting Hawks (4-7).
The Mohigans netted 4 objectives within the first half alone, scored by 4 totally different gamers.
“We created area properly and our motion was good tonight,” MHS head coach Sam Snyder mentioned. “All the pieces that we’ve been engaged on within the final three video games or so seemed higher. Whereas we did properly to create area up entrance, we didn’t do a great job of filling within the gaps in behind our attackers. However our protection did what they do and made it onerous for groups to shoot.”
The Hawks began the sport positively however had been unable to discover a aim after a number of probabilities introduced themselves within the attacking third. In truth, the opening quarter-hour was a back-and-forth contest with each groups stringing passes collectively to interrupt the strains of the opposing protection.
Lastly, the primary aim got here within the recreation by the hosts after MHS junior ahead Alex Gonzalez was fouled contained in the 18-yard field and awarded a penalty kick. Junior Aiden Stire stepped as much as the spot and rifled the ball down the center of the aim, his fourth on the season and second in as many video games.
The second aim for MHS happened seven minutes later after junior striker Riley Brabson discovered himself in some area on the correct facet of the field. He took one flip and fired a shot throughout the face of the aim that nestled into the nook to double the lead for the hosts. Brabson’s aim was his eleventh of the season and the captain of the Mohigans has been on a constant run of play from the start of the season, scoring in almost each recreation thus far.
“On that aim, I used to be considering to go for the near-post,” he mentioned of his intentions through the build-up to his aim. “However the ball went over the keeper’s shoulder and to the again put up.”
Brabson says he is aware of his workforce is taking part in properly, having but to lose a recreation this season, however talked about the workforce chemistry can nonetheless be stronger.
“I feel a few of our teamwork could possibly be stronger total,” he mentioned. “Personally I additionally need to respect our opponents extra as an entire, we performed a rival tonight and at all times play to win, however nonetheless have lots of respect for everybody we play.”
The Hawks responded properly after conceding the second aim however the defensive position of the Mohigans was equal to the duty of the strain and continued to clear the hazard. After displaying good persistence, MHS was awarded once more. This time it was midfielder Will Staples who etched his title on the scoresheet. Stire despatched a free kick towards the web that was saved by UHS keeper Connor Montgomery however rebounded to the toes of junior Cooper Cave, who touched the ball to the toes of Staples who scored his first aim of the 12 months and his workforce’s third of the sport.
The fourth aim of the half got here with simply 30 seconds left to play as defender Colin Petsko discovered the ball on the correct facet of the sector on their own and calmly buried the ball into the again of the web.
“After the penalty, we simply received away from our gameplan a little bit bit,” UHS head coach Michael Smith mentioned. “Once we adopted our gameplan, we performed properly and received lots of alternatives. They’re an excellent workforce and capitalized on our errors. We have to discover ourselves a little bit bit as we’re over midway by means of the season and are available collectively to begin successful some video games.”
Neither facet was capable of finding the again of the web within the second half and MHS took the victory 4-0.
The Mohigans will journey on Saturday for a recreation towards Parkersburg whereas the Hawks will go south for a recreation on the street at Capital.