MHS booters down Pointers, Cavs
|Members of the 2009 Middlesex High School varsity soccer team are, kneeling from left, Clayton Colley, Chris Charnock, Erik Sosa, Carlos Gonzalez, Lauren Beebe, Sierra Jordan, Cydney Fisher and Schuyler Sibley; standing, head coach Scott Rae, Trey Johnson, Dominique Barrett, Luciano Catanzaro, Stanley Redmon, Mark Hall, Owen Holt, Mario Kieselbach, Chris Chamberlain, Chris Brooks and assistant coach Garrett Gregory. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
The Middlesex High varsity soccer team registered another Tidewater District win on Monday by defeating a strong West Point team 1-0. The Chargers are now season 4-5-1 on the season.
Chris “C.T.” Brooks scored the game’s only goal when he butted at headball in from a well-placed corner kick by Chris Charnock 22 minutes into the first half.
MHS goalie Schuyler Sibley’s shut out West Point and registered 22 stops. Luciano Catanzaro, Clayton Colley and Carlos Gonzalez contributed heavily to non-goalie saves. Owen Holt pressured the West Point defense by logging 6 shots on goal.
Shots on goal also were taken by Trey Johnson, Charnock, Gonzalez, and Brooks.
On April 8 the Chargers left Northumberland with a 5-3 win, with two goals scored by Mario Kieselbach and one each by Owen Holt, Chris Brooks and Carlos Gonzalez.
Assistant coach Garrett Gregory said the team “played great” and “Mark Hall had the game of his life.”
King William 2
The Chargers followed the win over NHS with a stellar 3-2 win in overtime at King William on April 22.
Midway through the first half the Cavaliers found a gap and the ball passed through two Middlesex defenders as goalie Schuyler Sibley tried to quickly change positioning. “It was just a good goal,” said MHS head coach Scott Rae. “However, it wasn’t long that we answered with one of our own.”
Chris Brooks headed a goal off a well-placed corner kick by Chris Charnock with 10 minutes left in the half to tie the game 1-1.
The Chargers entered the second half with renewed energy, but the Cavaliers scored first for a 2-1 lead.
Minutes later Owen Holt was fouled by a Cavalier and the Chargers were awarded a direct kick 25 yards from the goal. Carlos Gonzalez set the ball and, heeding the guidance of his coaches on the sideline, moderated the direction and strength of his kick. The ball sailed just over the goalie’s grasp and just under the goal crossbar to tie the game at 2-2.
The game ended as a tie in regulation time and went to overtime—two 5-minute halves with no break in between.
Holt made the game-winning goal two minutes into overtime with a low kick from the right side into the lower left corner of the net. The Charger defense held the Cavaliers scoreless and left the field with a well-deserved 3-2 win.
Other notable MHS plays and players included Hall’s near goal—an out-of-nowhere header off the crossbar; Clayton Colley’s terrific use of his left foot; and the mid-field sprinting and versatility of Stanley Redmon, Trey Johnson and Dominique Barrett.
The Chargers lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to Essex on April 24. Mario Kieselbach scored the Chargers’ only goal on a corner kick that rolled in unimpeded.
The Chargers will conclude their regular season next week with a Tidewater District game at Mathews on Wednesday, May 6, and a home game against West Point on Friday, May 8, which will be “Y-Day.” Any YMCA-uniformed soccer player will be provided free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
The JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.