Prep Soccer: Greyhounds take down Knights

Posted at 7:38 PM on Sep 18, 2017

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

After a two-week layoff, the Statesville High boys soccer team returned to action Monday night against a Northwest Cabarrus team that was off to an impressive 6-1 start.

Greyhounds head coach Eric Hanson conceded he was concerned before kick-off.

But that feeling soon faded as five different Statesville players scored in a 9-1 thrashing of the visiting Knights.

"Despite some sloppy play here and there, the team played an excellent game," Hanson said afterward.

Sophomore Landon Wilhelm put the Greyhounds (6-2-1) on the board with a left-footed blast in the game's third minute and headed home another score in the game's 13th minute to give Statesville an early lead.

"I thought Landon played an excellent game," Hanson said. "Scoring our first two goals seemed to have given him a spark."

Senior Toni Pineda scored in the 16th minute off a pass from Sam Johnson and that duo hooked up again four minutes later, with Johnson finishing, for a 4-0 Greyhounds lead midway through the first half.

Hanson began substituting freely at the point, and 23 different players saw action for the Greyhounds.

The Knights managed a goal in the game's 31st minute, but Pineda converted a penalty kick with 3:19 to play in the first half and sophomore Jamie Woodard's breakaway goal in the 39th minute gave Statesville a 6-1 advantage at the half.

Johnson and Pineda scored again in the second half, and senior Jesus Martinez netted the game's final goal in the game's 62nd minute.

Juniors Dawson Sprinkle and Milton Mungia and goalkeeper Josh Fuhrman, who recorded seven saves, also assisted on Greyhounds goals.

Since losing back-to-back games to Cardinal Gibbons and Chapel Hill, Statesville has won four straight, outscoring their opponents 28-6 in those matches.

The Greyhounds play host to Starmount (7-0-1) on Tuesday and A.L. Brown (8-1-1) on Thursday before beginning conference play next week.

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