Prep Soccer: Pineda smashes Greyhounds scoring records; Vikings get two big wins
Greyhounds players coaches and staff celebrate the team's fourth straight NPC title and senior Toni Pineda's new status as Statesville's all-time scoring leader on Wednesday night. Pineda (10) had five goals and two assists in an 8-1 win over West Rowan.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Statesville High senior Toni Pineda set the school's single-season and career scoring records Wednesday night during an 8-1 drubbing of visiting West Rowan.
Pineda scored five times, giving him 53 goals for the season and 108 for his career, and assisted on two other scores as the Greyhounds remained perfect in the North Piedmont Conference (9-0) and improved to 17-3-2.
After beating the Falcons keeper for the record-setting goal, the senior ran to the corner and pulled off his jersey before being mobbed by teammates when he broke the all-time record shared by Ryan Armstead and Sara Ann Waugh with 5:19 remaining in the game.
Nine Statesville seniors were honored before the game on Senior Night.
But all eyes were on Pineda once the whistle blew.
"He was determined to break that record this season and he said he would do on Senior Night in front of the school and fans," Greyhounds coach Eric Hanson said. "Tonight he made it happen. It's a fantastic accomplishment, breaking two records."
Pineda will have a chance to add to his record-breaking season when Statesville, which clinched its fourth straight NPC title last week, travels to East Rowan Thursday for the regular-season finale.
On Wednesday, Pineda had plenty of help.
Senior Sam Johnson, who leads the NPC in assists with 35, set up four goals with his long throw-ins and some deft passing from inside the 18 yard line and beyond.
Ross Garrison, Landon WIlhelm and Milton Mungia also scored for Statesville, and Austin Labretone added an assist.
Greyhounds keeper Josh Fuhrman had five saves in the win.
"The entire team wanted to be a part of this accomplishment and did all they could to help Toni out," Hanson said. "These seniors will always remember this night and see it as a team accomplishment."
In other games:
• South Iredell 3, Carson 1: Nate Lish scored two goals and Francisco Martinez added a score as the Vikings wrapped up their regular season and clinched an automatic playoff.
South Iredell keeper Ben Bograd recorded several saves and earned the win.
South Iredell finished the season 7-2-1 in the conference and 10-7-1 overall.
• South Iredell 2, North Iredell 0: With the inside track on a playoff berth on the line, the Vikings shut out their rivals.
Ian Faulkner and Mason Hungarter scored for South Iredell and keeper Ben Bograd made several saves for a clean sheet.
The South Iredell JV team won 2-1 by virtue of a late penalty kick by Matt Robinson. Ryan Heaney also scored for the Vikings and Nic Spock earned the win in goal.