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MHS boys soccer stuns West Point

Members of the 2017 Middlesex HIgh School boys varsity soccer team include, front row from left, Jeffery Jones, Shawn Haskiell, Jack Ruark, Kian Cheatham, Tyler Scott,Colby Mitchem, Anthony Pullman and Derron Cooke; back row, assistant coach John Koontz, Mason Duke, Andres Rowe, Cole Radabaugh, Justin Newman, Thomas Redmon, Elijah Darnell, William Weinrich and head coach Clark Laster. Not pictured are Clayton Chandler and Brian Graulich.

Entering Monday’s match the Middlesex High boys soccer team was ranked 4th in the conference with 3 games to go, while West Point was poised to win the regular season title. However, with a 4-2 victory, the Chargers dashed the Pointers’ championship hopes.

Jack Ruark made a penalty shot to give MHS an early 1-0 lead.

Following that goal, Kian Cheatham put on a shooting display with 2 additional goals to increase the lead to 3-0 with 20 minutes to go in the first half. “Kian is a leader on this team,” said MHS coach Clark Laster. “The sky is the limit for his potential, and I hope to see him step up even more when we get to tournament play.”  

The final Middlesex goal was scored by Jeffery Jones. He passed it wide to Jack Ruark, who then crossed the entire field to Derron Cook, who one-touched a pass to Jones, who finished it off with a one-touch goal.  

Despite trailing 4-0, West Point did not quit. The Pointers fought back with an indirect kick, which was trapped and placed in the lower corner, and scored on a header off a corner kick. 

“Colby Mitchem and Colby Williams worked very hard defensively to maintain West Point’s strikers the entire game,” said Coach Laster. “They were important parts of the win.”

Middlesex plays its final two regular season games this week. On Wednesday they played Washington and Lee, and on Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. will host Charles City on Senior Night.

“Please come out and watch the Chargers continue their success as the season comes to an end,” said Coach Laster. 

posted 05.17.2017

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