Soccer team secures 11th win
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight boys soccer team played two games last week, pocketing the win both times, putting their season win record now at 11-5.
At Parkersburg Catholic on Oct. 5 the Silver Knights took the win, 3-0, over the Patriots in cold, rainy conditions. “We were cold and miserable, but so were they,” said head coach of the Knights, Scott Wall. “I was pleased with the way we played, we communicated well and passed the ball very well.”
Scoring goals for the Knights in the game were Skylar Kinnard, Justin Cooper and freshman Chase Cornell with the first goal of his varsity career. Kinnard and Einar Mellem each were credited with one assist apiece.
Though the keeper duties were split between senior Jared Lantz and Kinnard, neither recorded a save, which is a testament to the Knight defense.
“We took 36 shots on goal, which on one hand says we should have scored more, but on the other hand says we were on offense a lot,” Wall said. “We passed the ball well and we actually saw our defense solidifying in this game. Scott Sole, Branden Frey, Chris Postlethwait and Dylan Romine work very well together and it showed.”
At South Harrison on Oct. 7 the Silver Knights took the win, 1-0, over the Hawks on a muddy mess of a field. “The field conditions were horrible,” Wall said. “One end of the field was bad, the other end was atrocious. I don’t know how we even completed the game on that mess.”
“We played very aggressive, and won a lot of the 50/50 balls up for grabs. We did an excellent job of blocking and communicating, and we played hungrier than usual. I was glad to see that.”
The Knight goal was scored by up-and-coming freshman, Matthew Goudy who booted the first varsity goal of his career with an assist from junior, Jeremy Smith.
Mellem was in goal for this game and recorded four saves.
The Silver Knights have one regular season game left on their schedule, when they host the Red Devils of Ravenswood on Saturday. The four seniors on the team, along with their parents, will be recognized immediately before game time in senior ceremonies shared with the Lady Knight soccer team. With thoughts progressing to post-season play, the Knights will now aim their goals at Sectionals, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 19.