Midland tops Spring Valley
SPRING VALLEY — Carter Sutton struck early and late for the Cabell Midland boys soccer team Tuesday and the Knights pulled out a 2-1 victory over Spring Valley.
Sutton sent a high shot from the left edge of the box that got past Timberwolves keeper Sam Hedrick and rattled home off the far post less than two minutes into the contest to put the Knights up early.
Cabell Midland continued to dominate play and possession for the next few minutes, and it looked as though a rout might be on, but Spring Valley dug in, and started generating its own offensive opportunities.
Spring Valley forward Hunter Waugaman was able to deflect a cross on goal with his head deep in the Cabell Midland box at the 18 minute mark, but Knights keeper Blake Beneke happened to be positioned perfectly to cradle the ball.
The Timberwolves’ Brandon Harmon also got an open look late in the first half but sent the ball just over the cross bar.
“They’re such a big, physical team,” said Cabell Midland head coach Tyler Ellis of Spring Valley. “They didn’t get as many shots on goal as we did, but they answered with quality attempts over quantity of chances.”
The Timberwolves drew even early in the second half when Dana Maynard sent a deep throw into the Cabell Midland box and Jason Holland deflected the ball past Beneke.
The squads continued to trade opportunities throughout the rest of the second half, and it looked late as though the game might end in a draw.
But Sutton got the ball on his foot in the 75th minute and dragged it from left to right across the Spring Valley box, dribbling by four defenders before finding space for a shot that he buried in the top left corner of the net.
“You can’t deny his talent,” Ellis said. “But there are nine other guys on the field. When he’s making a move like that there are four or five other guys making runs that help open up that space for him.”
After scoring the go-ahead goal, Cabell Midland dropped almost every player back and cleared anything that came into the defensive half. Spring Valley only got off one shot in the final five minutes, and it went well wide of the goal.
The win is the third straight for Cabell Midland, which puts the Knights (5-4-1) over .500 for the first time this season. Spring Valley drops to 2-7-2 with the loss.
CABELL MIDLAND 1 1 – 2
SPRING VALLEY 0 1 – 1
CM – Sutton, 2nd minute.
SV – Holland (Maynard) 45th minute.
CM – Sutton, 75th minute.
Shots: CM 13 (8 on goal); SV 10 (3 on goal). Corners: CM 4; SV 3. Saves: CM 2 (Beneke); SV 6 (Hedrick).
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