Wolves, Highlanders advance on boys' side
HUNTINGTON -- Huntington High and Spring Valley won their matches Tuesday night in the West Virginia Class AAA Region IV, Section II soccer tournament at Huntington High.
The Highlanders (15-2-1) rolled to a 13-0 victory over Lincoln County. The Timberwolves (14-7-0) scored three unanswered goals in the second half to post a 4-1 victory over Cabell Midland.
Huntington High and Spring Valley will meet for the sectional title at 6 p.m., Thursday, on the field turf at Cabell Midland.
"Play hard, get through it and hope no one gets hurt," Highlanders coach Sammy Boateng said.
In the first meeting this season, the Highlanders beat Spring Valley, 5-2.
"They're a tough team," Boateng said. "It's one and done now. We have to be ready to go."
Austin Preece led Huntington High with three goals and Jameson McCarthy and Constantine Svingos added two each. Matt Miller added a goal and four assists and Kyle Miller picked up three assists.
The Highlanders opened an 8-0 lead at halftime. They outshot the Panthers (6-9-1), 28 to 0. Lincoln County goalkeeper Gus Smith got plenty of work, stopping 13 shots.
Spring Valley had Chris Holland with three goals and an assist on a score by Jacob Maddox.
The start of the second half was delayed nearly 30 minutes following a fall off the film tower by Spring Valley photographer Mike Railey. He was starting down the ladder at the end of the half, fell and suffered injuries to the lower half of his legs. He was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Riley's son, Chris, is on the team.
The Cabell Midland Knights (7-11-1) got a quick goal in the second half to tie the match 1-1. Holland then came through twice and Maddox wrapped up the victory.
"There was in incredible distraction at halftime," Timberwolves coach Scott Maddox said. "I told them they were going to come out on fire. We had to weather the storm."
Holland said the Cabell Midland goal got his team's attention.
"It woke us up," he said. "We got offensive again, moved the ball and high the right spots."
And now it's on to Thursday.
"We look forward to playing them again," Holland said.
CABELL MIDLAND 0 1 -- 1
SPRING VALLEY 1 3 -- 4
SV -- Holland (Akilia), 8:58.
CM -- Hogue (Carter), 41:52.
SV -- Holland (Akilia), 51:16.
SV -- Holland (un), 69:56.
SV -- J. Maddox (Holland), 72:06.
Shots: CM 10, SV 10. Saves: Wallace (CM) 4; Jacob Messer (SV) 6. Corner kicks: CM 5, SV 3.
LINCOLN COUNTY 0 0 -- 0
HUNTINGTON HIGH 8 5 -- 13
H -- Vega (un), 10:45.
H -- McCarthy (un), 17:11.
H -- Svingos (un), 18:43.
H -- Preece (M. Miller), 27:22.
H -- Svingos (M. Miller), 28:45.
H -- Wood (K. Miller), 29:53.
H -- M. Miller (K. Miller), 38:46.
H -- McCarthy (un), 39:25.
H -- Preece (M. Miller), 41:15.
H -- Preece (K. Miller), 46:08.
H -- Way (un), 54:08.
H -- Wood (un), 67:36.
H -- Spangler (M. Miller), 70:10.
Shots: LC 0, H 28. Saves: Smith (LC) 13; H. Smith (H) 0. Corner kicks: LC 0, H 12.