Prep Soccer: Greyhounds shut out Rams in road test
Special to SVLfreenews.com
The Statesville High boys soccer team earned a gritty 1-0 road victory over a talented T.C. Roberson team Monday night in Asheville.
The Greyhounds (2-0-1) scored the game's only goal in the 22nd minute after working the ball into the T.C. Roberson box. After a bit of fancy footwork, sophomore Garrett Potemry beat two defenders and poked the ball past Rams' keeper Zak Hudspeth and into the side netting for what proved to be the game-winner.
"We did not get many shots off in the first half, but Garrett was able to make the best of his chances by netting his first goal of the season," Statesville coach Eric Hanson said. "Very happy for him and his first varsity goal."
The Rams (2-1-0) tested the Statesville defense multiple times in the first half, but Greyhounds keeper Josh Fuhrman recorded six saves to earn the shutout, and the Statesville back line proved to be impenetrable.
"It was Ross Garrison's first full game with the team and he really made a difference anchoring the back line," Hanson said.
It was much of the same in the second half. Statesville, which had seven shots on goal, managed to produce more chances in front of the T.C. Roberson goal through the play of senior Toni Pineda and sophomore Jamie Woodard.
The Greyhounds' best chance of the half came late when Pineda took the ball down the left side and ripped a shot that barely missed the foot of Woodard before deflecting off the post.
"I was very pleased with my entire team," Hanson said. "Everyone played hard and really earned the win over a talented team. This was our biggest test so far this season. ... T.C. is a solid team that will pick up a lot of wins this season. I am super happy with the result."
• Statesville 1, T.C. Roberson 0: The Greyhounds improved 2-0 on the seasn thanks to a second-half goal by Rouson Rondo assisted by Simon Lopez. Goalkeeper Andrew Holtz saved a Rams' penalty kick and earned the shutout.