Prep Soccer: Lions off to fast start
Special to SVLfreenews.com
The Statesville Christian boys soccer team concluded its first full week of games this weekend, going 2-1 overall against 1A Community Christian, 2A Salem Baptist (rain-shortened), and 3A Covenant Day and Charlotte Christian.
The Lions kicked off the season at the Community Christian (CCHS) Invitational in Wilson, facing the host school in the evening game on Friday, August 11. After nine days of grueling preseason practices the boys were ready for their first game.
Center forward Pearson Bonnett put the Lions on the scoreboard early, scoring in the first two minutes of the game on a cross from Seth Holland. Bonnett made it a 2-0 lead just a few minutes later.
CCHS settled in and held off the Lions for most of the half until senior Beck Boan found freshman Adam Cronce for a powerful upper 90 shot. With mere seconds remaining in the half, Cronce broke away near midfield and scored for the Lions with one second remaining on the clock.
In the second half, the Lions continued to score with Nic Nantz and Seth Holland netting a goal each and Bonnett getting the hat trick with his final goal to give the Lions a 7-0 win.
Goalkeepers Dylan Sutton and Adam Cronce split time in goal. Sutton recorded four saves and Cronce had two.
The second game of the Invitational versus Kerr Vance was cancelled on Saturday due to weather.
On Tuesday, August 15, the Lions faced 3A powerhouse Covenant Day School (CDS).
Weather played a part in this game as well, delaying the scheduled 7 p.m. start until 8:05. The Lions had several good opportunities early in the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The speedy CDS team tested the Lions defense and Dylan Sutton faced 19 shots in the first half. The Lions allowed three goals in the first half and Sutton recorded 16 saves.
Jaden Durham gave the Lions a spark in the 22nd minute of the half, scoring off an assist from Seth Holland. The Lions defense did a much better job of keeping CDS at bay in the second half, allowing only seven shots on goal but the CDS defense and goalkeeper kept the Lions from scoring as well. The game ended with a 3-1 loss for the Lions. Sutton had a total of 23 saves in the game.
Friday and Saturday, August 18-19, the SCS Lions participated in the Forsyth Country Day Invitational. On Friday the Lions faced 2A Salem Baptist. While Salem definitely had the size advantage over the Lions, it didn’t stop Jaden Durham from scoring the Lions only goal (assist by Seth Holland) before the game was stopped for weather with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Since the game had not reached halftime and later cancelled due to weather there was no result recorded.
On Saturday the Lions played 3A Charlotte Christian School (CCS). Most of the first half was played with each team sharing 50 percent of the possession. The Lions took seven shots on goal compared to eight for CCS.
Charlotte Christian got on the board first and it took SCS until the final five minutes of the half to net their first goal. Danny Haarmann got onto the end of Jaden Durham’s cross at the back post and the Lions went into halftime down 2-1. The second half was a different game for the determined Lions. A few minor adjustments at halftime and the Lions put in three goals to secure the 4-2 win. Seth Holland scored first to tie the game and then again off a Jon Teague free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Finally, Nic Nantz added a goal on a penalty after Pearson Bonnett was taken down inside the box. Dylan Sutton was in goal for the Lions once again, recording 13 saves in the game.
Through the first three games, nine Lions players have contributed at least one goal or assist. Sutton has 34 saves and only 5 goals allowed. The Lions will face 2A Westminster Catawba Christian School at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home and 2A Christ the King at 4 p.m. Thursday at home.