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Seahawks improve to 3-0, visit Ware this week

Members of the 2013 St. Clare Walker Middle School soccer team are, front from left, Colby Mitchem, Kenneth Beam, George Shaw, Anthony Pullman, Sarah Walton, Simon Unsworth, Matthew Hart, MacLean Thomas, Hunter Collier and Kaitlyn Fomin; second row, manager Jaye Griffin, Tariq Wake, team co-captain Jack Ruark, Jo’Mari Gonzalez, Lisa Oiler, team co-captain Emilie Smith, Shawn Haskiell, Kian Cheatham, Matthew Wilson, Adam Smith and Cole Ruark; third row, assistant coach Reid Sandate and head coach Eric Smith. Not pictured is assistant coach Clayton Hogge. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

On September 23, the St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School Seahawks soccer team played Chesapeake Academy (CA) at home and won 2-1.

“The match started with some great even soccer being played,” said SCW coach Eric Smith. “I knew they were well coached and this would be a great battle.”

Halfway through the first half, on a corner kick Jack Ruark gave a great cross to the middle of the goal and the ball bounced around in front of the goal until Emilie Smith planted it in the back of the net.

CA then threatened with a penalty kick, SCW goalie Simon Unsworth made a great diving save to punch the ball over the net.

Chesapeake tied the match 1-1 with a drive down the middle.

In the second half the Seahawks made drive after drive toward the CA goal. E. Smith drove the ball down the left side and sent a great cross to Anthony Pullman on the back post. Pullman collected the ball and sent a beautiful ball in the bottom right side of the net for the 2-1 win.

On September 26, the Seahawks dominated Northumberland 8-0.

Goals were as follows: E. Smith received the ball from Jo’Mari Gonzalez at the 18 ,turned and sent a rocket shot that skimmed off a defensive player’s head and into the net; Shaw controlled and redirected a shot from a corner kick by Ruark; Pullman made a nice shot from an E. Smith pass in front of the goal; E.Smith caught a rebound ball and sent a 25-yard blast by the goalie; Shaw made his third goal and first “hat trick” on a nice assist from Adam Smith; Ruark settled the ball and made a shot from the right side of the goal to complete the 8-0 win.

“Sarah Walton really stepped up and controlled the goal and the defense today,” said Coach Smith. “She stopped multiple good shots and directed the defense on what to do.”

“The Seahawks team is off to a great start for the fourth season in a row with a 3-0 record,” said Coach Smith. “I am very proud to be the coach of a team that represents the school and county with class, sportsmanship, and some great soccer.”

The Seahawks play at Ware Academy at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, and will host Lancaster at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

“Each year local businesses have contributed and sponsored our team so we can have quality equipment and gear to play the game we love. This year was no different and we cannot put into words the appreciation that we feel for our sponsors this year,” continued Coach Smith. “Being in our fourth year of the program, funding has been limited and this year we needed new uniforms and equipment to carry on the program. We want to send a special thank you to all our sponsors for the 2013 season. We love our new uniforms and we proudly wear it with Seahawks Pride.

Soccer sponsors for 2013 are Locust Hill and local 7-11 stores, owner Nora Qadeeri; Shores and Ruark Seafood, owner Rufus Ruark; River Wood Works, owner Tony Pullman; and Ryman’s A/C and Heating, owner Otis Ryman.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 10.02.2013

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