|Charger soccer takes control after half to advance to semis |
|Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:51 pm |
The Westview Chargers kept their 2010 soccer season alive by setting the pace and controlling the action after the halftime break.
Man Up — Westview senior Chase Manley (right), here making a pass against Milan last week, gave the Chargers a defensive boost in their 3-0 win over Covington in the Region 7 A-AA Tournament Tuesday night at the MTD Soccer Complex in Martin.
Westview scored all three goals after the intermission for a 3-0 win over the visiting Covington Chargers in Region 7 A-AA Tournament quarterfinal action Tuesday evening at the MTD Soccer Complex in Martin.
“It doesn’t matter how pretty they are as long as you get one more game this time of year,” WHS head coach Dan Scates said.
The victory advances Westview to its 15th consecutive regional semifinal appearance. The Chargers will next take on Milan at 7 tonight (Thursday) in Dyersburg. Milan outlasted Crockett County 3-2 in two overtimes in their quarter.
It was a line-up shift that Scates credited with making a huge difference for Westview in the victory. Scates switched versatile senior Chase Manley from midfielder to stopper against Covington. The move allowed the defense and goalkeeper Scout Edwards to be more aggressive. Edwards finished with three saves.
“He’s the total package. He just wants to win. He’ll player anywhere it takes to win, and you just can’t say enough about kids like that,” Scates noted.
It was Covington which maintained control of the tempo in the first half, but the Westview defense denied any chances leading to a 0-0 score at halftime.
After the break, WHS needed eight minutes to notch the first goal. Abraham Haddad scored on a pass from Adam Reinhard.
“They (Covington) played yesterday. I knew if we punched one in early in either half, then tired legs would set in,” Scates said.
In the 51st minute, Landon Prather booted in a shot during a scramble in front of the net for a 2-0 lead. Scates called Prather’s outing one of his best games.
The final goal came off Reinhard’s cleat after an assist from Haddad in the 78th minute.