Prep Soccer: Greyhounds edge Raiders in PK shootout
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Statesville's soccer team prevailed in a penalty shootout against North Iredell on Tuesday night after the rivals battled to a scoreless tie over 90 minutes.
Jamie Woodard, Dawson Sprinkle Camilo Restrepo converted their penalty kicks and Greyhounds keeper Josh Fuhrman saved a pair of Raiders' PKs as Statesville won the shootout 3-2.
With the victory, Statesville (8-7-3 overall; 5-2 North Piedmont Conference) avenged an overtime loss to the Raiders eight days ago and leapfrogged North Iredell into second place in the NPC standings.
"It was a very tough game with a lot on the line for both teams," Greyhounds coach Eric Hanson said. "I wish we could have finished some opportunities in regulation, but happy to see my guys hold the shutout and perform in PKs. Josh was big with two saves at that time, once again putting our team in position to get the win."
Fuhrman made six saves in regulation and Raiders keeper Frankie Barnes made several crucial stops throughout the match, including a one-versus-one chance for the Greyhounds in the second half.
With the loss, North Iredell fell to 12-6-1 overall and 6-3 in the NPC.
Raiders coach Tyler Carter said he was proud of his squad, which returned to the pitch 24 hours after a hard-fought 3-0 loss to South Iredell on Senior Night.
"Boys have continued to impress me with their passion, respect and love for each other and the game," he said. "There isn't anything more these boys could have done tonight.
"They represented our school, our team, themselves, and myself with integrity and class. I love 'em."