Warrior Soccer victorious over Nicholas County Grizzlies 3-1
Seniors Alderman, Hefner, Kelley,?Pyles and Walkup honored
#14 PCHS (7-5-3).............3
Nicholas County (1-8-2)..1
The PCHS boys had a nine-day break in their schedule, and they also jumped in the state soccer rankings from #15 to #14. The boys were also ranked #14 in the first poll of the season in early September, but then dropped as low as #21 before winning their way back to where they started. The Class AAA Nicholas County Grizzlies traveled to PCHS on October 6 to try to improve on their 9-3 rout by the Warriors at Summersville earlier in the season, when the PCHS boys found the artificial turf to be much to their liking.
It was senior night at PCHS, and the Warriors started strong, even with the long rest and with the cold night air that made the field wetter and more slick as the night progressed. Junior Georg Faerber dribbled through the Nicholas defense at the 25:40 mark of the first half, and on his first shot of the match, the German exchange student shot low on the ground for the 1-0 lead. Eight plus minutes later (17:05) junior Parker White passed the ball to junior Levi Hefner, who one-timed it into the goal with no settling of the ball for the 2-0 PCHS lead. Sophomore Garrett McCurdy dropped the ball to junior Tyler Davis at the 12:06 mark of the second half, and Davis then returned the ball to McCurdy for the score that he shot over several defenders for the 3-0 PCHS lead. Three minutes later (9:10) senior Grizzlies tri-captain Josh Sweeney prevented a PCHS shut-out with a low kick to the right corner of the goal for the score and the final 3-1 PCHS win.
Senior goalie Matthew Alderman had eight keeper saves, and PCHS recorded 17 shots-on-goal (White - 3, Davis - 3, senior Bill Kelley - 3, Faerber -2, senior Curtis Pyles - 2, Hefner - 2, McCurdy - 1 and freshman Phillip Green - 1. PCHS led 4-3 on corner kicks, and NCHS got double the direct kicks of PCHS, 8-4.
Warriors honored on senior night were: Matthew Alderman, son of Tammie Alderman. Alderman participates in FBLA, FCA, FFA, band, project Christmas, Rotary Club, 4-H and is an adaptive ski instructor for challenged athletes; Glen Hefner, son of Gary and Melissa Hefner, is active in band, ProStart and Skills USA; Bill Kelley, son of Scott and Nancy Kelley, is active in basketball, track, FCA and Tribe; Curtis Pyles, son of Teresa and Jeremy Kloeker and Dee Pyles, is a member of track, basketball, golf, FCA, Hula Hoop Club and Tribe; and Caleb Walkup, son of Mary Walkup, is involved with FCA, NHS, Warriors above the Influence, Skills USA and track.
Kelley's most memorable moment at PCHS was beating Charleston Catholic at Beckley in the 2008 state semi-finals to advance to the state soccer championship vs. Berkeley Springs, and Pyles's high was winning a state track championship last year in the 4x400m relay.
The Warriors' last two games of the season before sectionals are at Petersburg October 13 at 8 p.m. and at Kings Academy October 15 at 1 p.m.