Prep Soccer: Senior closes in on all-time scoring record as Greyhounds clinch NPC title
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Statesville High varsity boys soccer team clinched a fourth consecutive North Piedmont Conference championship on Wednesday with a 10-0 drubbing of visiting Carson.
Senior Toni Pineda scored seven goals in 40 minutes, giving him a Class 3A-best 48 for the season. The superlative effort gave him 103 career goals.
Pineda trails the school's all-time leading scorers, Ryan Armstead and Sara Ann Waugh, by four goals with two games to play in the regular season.
In a game that was mercifully called at the half, Sam Johnson, Jamie Woodard and Landon Wilhelm also scored for Statesville (16-3-2 overall; 8-2-0 NPC).
Garrett Potemry, Johnson and Pineda each assisted on two goals. Ross Garrison, Alex Puente, Dawson Sprinkle, and Jesus Martinez also had assists for the Greyhounds.
Coach Eric Hanson was pleased with the effort on the offensive end. Pineda scored the game's first goal 20 seconds after the opening whistle and the Greyhounds cruised from there.
"The team seemed determined to score tonight and it showed," Hanson said.
Statesville keeper Josh Fuhrman had six saves and recorded his eighth shutout of the season, including five in NPC play.
Despite the shutout, Hanson was less than thrilled with his team's defensive performance.
"I did think we still gave up too many scoring opportunities to Carson, but luckily we had Josh in the net to stop them and hold onto the shutout."