Runner-up Chargers unashamed
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports
Westview’s Abraham Haddad watches the soccer ball as it bounces away.
Westview boys’ soccer skipper Dan Scates can live with Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to Dyersburg in the Region 7A-AA Tournament championship game.
“They’re a solid team,” Scates said after the loss to the Trojans, who are now 18-1-2 on the campaign. “There’s no disgrace in losing to them, especially when you play hard and make a game of it.”
It should be noted that Scates’ acceptance of the loss in the Region 7A-AA Tournament title tilt was certainly made easier by the fact that he knew going in that his squad would have at least one more contest.
That match will be on Saturday in the Class A-AA sectional round against the winner of tonight’s game between Kingsbury and Sheffield.
Though the victor of the aforementioned game would have earned hosting rights, Scates did confide to The Press that he has discussed an attempted buyout scenario with W’view’s administration.
If that were to come to fruition, Westview (13-4-1) would probably foot the transportation bill to get the Memphians to Martin and also sweeten the pot in other ways in order to get the Shelby Countians to the MTD Soccer Complex.
No decision will be known regarding the site of Saturday’s game until — at the very least — late Thursday evening or early Friday morning. Check www.nwtntoday.com for details as they become available.
If the Chargers win on Saturday, they will advance to the Class A-AA State Tournament — which begins Tuesday in Murfreesboro — for the fourth time in school history. The Westview boys last went to the state tournament in 2007.
In the 7A-AA title game, Westview trailed 1-0 at halftime, but didn’t back down from D’burg. Charger junior Adam Reinhard found the net to tie the game about five minutes into the second half.
Then, Dyersburg’s Nic Berry kicked in his second goal of the outing eight minutes into the second half and Hunter Glover booted in the first of his two scores moments later to give the Trojans a 3-1 cushion.
Though down, Westview wasn’t out as Reinhard assisted Abraham Haddad on a goal to pull the Charger to within a tally (3-2).
However, Glover found the net once more to give D’burg enough breathing room to prevail.
Numerous W’view players earned awards after the conclusion of the contest.
Reinhard was named the 7A-AA Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Year. Scates was named the East Division Coach of Year.
Additionally, Reinhard, Haddad, Noah Towe, Cody Hogan and Landon Prather were honored as All-Region players for the regular season.
Meanwhile, Reinhard, Haddad, Towe and Hogan were named to the All-Region Tournament team.