Soccer Knights achieve historic win
It is always a good week in the sporting world when you get three wins, but when those three wins also make history, the good week become an excellent one. The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight boys soccer team had just that kind of week last week. The Knight booters not only secured wins over St. Marys, Wheeling Central, and Ravenswood, but the third win moved them into the record books as achieving the 100th overall win for the soccer program.
“It was great,” said the only coach to ever mentor the boys soccer team at the school, Scott Wall. “Last week we knew it was a possibility to achieve the 100 win mark by the end of this week, but we just weren’t a hundred percent positive. But the guys played very well, and they did it. It really is quite a milestone.”
On Sept. 9 at Burgbacher Field the Silver Knights faced off with the Blue Devils of St. Marys, handing the Purple the loss, 5-2. St. Marys drew first blood by taking the lead, 1-0, forcing the Knights to take a reality check.
By game’s end, Consolidated’s Blake Carpenter scored a goal and had one assist; Federico Perez netted two goals and and assist; Ted Cerney kicked in two; and Brandon Bonar was credited with an assist to give the Silver the win.
Goal keeper Ty Klages had five saves in the win.
“It was a good game,” Wall said. “Once we tied the game up, the momentum shifted in our direction.”
Against Wheeling Central at Wheeling on Sept. 10, the Knights turned their game up a notch to hand the Maroon Knights the loss to the tune of 10-1.
“The score was 7-0 at the half, so we decided to go to work on our passes, crosses and possession,” the coach said. “We know we have a tough week coming up, so we tried to work on fine tuning our skills.”
Perez led the scoring frenzy for the Knights, totaling four and one assist on the day. Carpenter added two goals; Cerney, two goals; Bonar, one goal; and Aaron Warner added one.
With a strong defensive effort by the Silver and Black, Central was not able to take many shots at the net, leaving keeper Klages short in the save department, with only one necessary in the game.
On Saturday against Ravenswood, the Silver Knights took very little time in taking the lead in the game with Cerney netting two quick scores in the first seven minutes to aid in the eventual 4-3 win over the Red Devils.
“This was more like a story of two halves instead of a solid, well executed game plan,” the coach said. “The first half was great, we played well, communicated, and led 4-0 at the break. In the second half . . . I don’t even know what we did, we were all over the place. We did just enough to get the win.”
Senior Nathan Kemp scored in the effort, Levi Morgan kicked one in and the fourth goal scored was courtesy of a Ravenswood defender.
Klages had five saves for the Knights.
After this history-making week, the Silver Knights stand at five wins, two losses, and one tie on the season thus far and are sitting at second place in their division in the OVAC.
Consolidated faced off with a strong Linsly team on Tuesday night, after press time, and will see action against Monroe Central in Woodsfield on Wednesday and will travel to Fairmont Senior on Saturday.