Chargers pull away from OC
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Westview advanced to the semifinals of the Region 7A-AA Soccer Tournament behind the leg of Adam Reinhard and a solid defense Tuesday.
The Chargers eliminated Obion Central 4-1 in a tale of two halves with the first half being a defensive struggle between the two teams. In the second, it was all Westview on both sides of the field.
Central’s Eric Torres scored the game’s first goal with five minutes left in the first half. Reinhard scored the first of his three goals with 10 seconds left in the half to tie the game.
“It was a pretty good defensive half,” Chargers’ head coach Dan Scates said. “Both teams were possessing and neither side was getting good shots in. We had a breakdown in the middle of the field and they got the ball inside the box. That Torres is tough one-on-one and he got the goal in.”
The Chargers did not let the goal by Torres get to them. They responded with the goal by bearing down on defense and using their offense to wear down Central.
“Instead of deflating us a little bit, we just decided that we have got to play a lot smarter,” Scates said. “Adam showed why he is the best player in the district by making a big play for us and scored. That was huge as far as momentum goes because that definitely swung it in our favor.”
Nic Fortner scored the deciding goal for Westview with 35 minutes to play in the game. Reinhard added two more goals for good measure — one at the 33-minute mark and another with just over 20 minutes to play.
“Those are two guys who we depend upon to do a lot of scoring for us,” Scates said. “Nic got us ahead on the direct kick and it is ironic that we practiced that play yesterday (Monday). Then Adam made a nice play with some nice moves in front of the circle. I started feeling a lot better right then.”
“When it is 2-1, you can have a breakdown somewhere and anything can happen. If they score, then they are right back in it again. That gave us a cushion and that last goal played off of the goal keeper’s hip.”
The defense in the second half kept the Rebels in check by not letting them cross midfield for most of the half.
“Collins Alexander was all round the ball and Abraham Haddad was just putting up a wall for our goal keeper, Scout Edwards,” Scates said.
Westview plays Crockett County in the semifinals in Dyersburg tonight at 7. Published in The WCP 5.10.12