Warrior Soccer ends regular season with five straight wins
#13 PCHS (8-5-3)...................7
Pendleton County (3-7-3)......1
The PCHS Boys Soccer Team jumped in the rankings from #14 in Class A/AA to #13 as of the week ending October 8. The young rebuilding 2010 team started at #14 and was not ranked most of last season with a final 4-9-3 record. The 2010 team did upset then #8 Shady Spring near the end of the regular season and lost to Shady 0-1 a week later in sectionals. Seven of those nine losses were by an average of 2.3 points. The 2011 Warriors started this season ranked at #14.
Pendleton County traveled to PCHS on October 11, and PCHS more than tripled their scoring output in this second meeting from two goals on September 26 at Franklin to seven goals.
Nine Warriors combined for 28 shots-on-goal (Tyler Davis - 6, George Faerber - 6, Curtis Pyles - 4, Bill Kelley - 4, Levi Hefner - 2, Parker White - 2, Garrett McCurdy - 2, Phillip Green - 1 and Stephen Simmons - 1).
PCHS built up a 5-0 lead in the first half with scoring by Faerber, Kelley on a throw-in, Pyles on a penalty kick, Davis and then Hefner before Pendleton scored with 6:18 to go in the match. Assisting with the first two PCHS goals of the half were Kelley and Pyles with Faerber and Simmons assisting with the last two for great team work.
Faerber would get his second goal of the night at the 16:50 mark of the second half, and Phillip Green would score the seventh PCHS goal with 3:17 to go for the 7-1 victory. PCHS led in corner kicks 5-1, and the Wildcats led in direct kicks 5-2.
Goalie Matthew Alderman and backup Austin Friel combined for 11 keeper saves.
#13 PCHS (9-5-3)...................5
The Warriors traveled to Class AA Petersburg on a rainy October 13 and played on a wet field.
Davis scored quickly on a corner kick assisted by Pyles at 38:29. Six plus minutes later (31:50) Pyles got a second assist as Kelley scored on another corner kick. Plyles then went solo and scored at the 25:40 mark for the 3-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the match. Kelley would score a second goal with an assist from Faerber with 3:17 to go in the half.
The Warriors would up the score to 5-0 with 20:50 to go in the second half with a solo by Faerber on his sixth shot-on-goal. Petersburg would prevent a shutout with a score with 6:22 to go. PCHS improves to (9-5-3) and ends the regular season with a 5-1 win, the fifth win in a row and the seventh win in the last nine matches.
PCHS started with four losses in their first eight games, and only had one loss in their last nine matches going into sectionals.
The Warriors played six ranked teams plus undefeated non-SSAC member Kings Academy, and lost by no more than three points, except to current #3 (11-3-1) Oak Hill by 1-8.
PCHS had 33 shots-on-goal, the second highest of the season (Pyles - 6, Davis - 6, Faerber - 6, Kelley - 4, McCurdy - 3, White - 2, Ethan Pugh - 2, Green - 2 and Simmons - 2). Alderman had five keeper saves, and PCHS led in corner kicks 10-0. The Vikings led in direct kicks 5-4 and indirect kicks 1-0.