Monday, September 29, 2008


Results 9/29

Hibriten 4
Patton 1
Zach Stanfield, Tanner Sinclair, Josh Stamey and Matt Meadlock each scored for Hibriten. Patton's lone goal was scored by Will Bodefish from the mark.

Panthers avenge earlier loss

Doug Terry
Josh Stamey getting up in an earlier game this season.

Hickory 4
Fred T. Foard 0

Four first-half goals lead to easy HHS win

Robert C. Reed
Hickory High’s Tyler Collins (6) trys to gain possession of the ball as Fred T. Foard’s Tyler Turner attempts to hold him off.

Newton-Conover 6
Maiden 1
Chris Jordan led N-C with two goals. John Reid, Zach Melton, Oscar Luis, Ulises Luna each added a goal. Matt Starnes finished a corner kick for Maiden's only goal.

St. Stephens 7
Bunker Hill 0
Seven different players scored for St. in their shut out. Chris Sigmon, Brad Jones, Addison Day, Thomas Wessels, Caleb Davis, Cody Solesbee and Sash Lines all scored for the Indians.

West Caldwell 2
Bandys 0
At West Calwell, the Warriors shut out the Trojans with goals from Mondoza Young and John Moore.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


West Stanly goalkeeper Cody Tucker punts the ball away during a recent match. Tucker earned the 1-0 shutout over #1-ranked Central Academy Wednesday night.

West Stanley vs. Central Academy
The Stanley News and Press 9/26

Gray Stone vs. Monroe & Central Academy vs. Gray Stone

The Stanley News and Press 9/24

Gray Stone vs. Union Academy

The Stanley News and Press 9/22

Best of the West poll, WNC leaders

Asheville Citizen-Times 9/24

Robeson earns top spot in poll

Asheville Citizen-Times 9/23

Watauga vs. Alexander Central

Watauga Democrat 9/25

David Wilson moves the ball toward the goal.
Photo by Rob Moore
Wilson leads Watauga past East Burke 5-1
Watauga Democrat 9/23

Midstate and Triad Conference scores

Burlington Times-News 9/25

Clinton lose heartbreaker to Croatan 2-1

Justin Falls/The Daily Advance
Above: Pasquotank's Clint Saunders (center) tries to break through the defense of Hertford's Ethan Bryant (right) and Brock Merritt (front left) during the Panthers; 5-0 win at Pasquotank County High School, Monday.
Pasquotank soccer shuts out Hertford

TRIBUNE/Eric Lusk * Mauricio Lopez scored four goals against Surry Central, including the game-winner late.
Lopez lifts Starmount past Surry Central
The Elkin Tribune 9/26

TRIBUNE/Eric Lusk * Blaine Dudley (2) of Elkin and Rusty Shores (8) of Starmount, captains for their respective teams, jockey for the ball in the second half Monday.
Starmount beats Elkin
The Elkin Tribune 9/24

Charles B. Aycock downs Wilson Hunt

Wayne Wilson News Leader 9/25

Wayne Christian routs Northwood 6-0
Goldsboro News-Argus 9/28

North Lenoir downed Eastern Plains
Goldsboro News-Argus 9/25

Charles B. Aycock vs. Eastern Wayne
Goldsboro News-Argus 9/25

Wayne Country Day held Oakwood without a shot on goal
Goldsboro News-Argus 9/24

Goldsboro News-Argus 9/23

Wilson Hunt vs. Charles B. Aycock
Southern Wayne edged Kinston 3-2

Goldsboro News-Argus 9/23

Greenville Reflector 9/24
J.H. Rose at South Central

How important is beating J.H. Rose for the D.H. Conley soccer team?

Greenville Reflector 9/22

Hickory defeats St. Stephens 2-0

Hickory Daily Record 9/25

Tanner Sinclair of Hibriten tries to steal the ball from Chase Crone of Hickory. Hickory defeated Hibriten 1-0 to remain in sole possession of first place in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A Conference.
Hickory Red Tornadoes outlasted the Hibriten Panthers 1-0
Hickory Daily Record 9/23

The Orange soccer team easily handle the Graham High Red Devils
Orange County News 9/28

Mideastern 3-A/4-A Conference Standings
Jacksonville Daily News 9/25

North Johnston loses to Roanoke Rapids

Kenly News 9/24

West pushes perennial soccer power Forbush in close loss

The Stokes News 9/25

Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
West Davidson's Will Treichler (right) reaches under Lexington's Roberto Antunez to kick the ball during their soccer match on Monday night in Tyro.
West Davidson vs. Lexington

McDowell’s Alfredo Cornejo pushes the ball past a defender during a recent match. The Titans defeated the South Caldwell Spartans 4-2 behind three goals from Cornejo Monday night on the road. McDowell hosts Freedom tonight.

McDowell Titans hold off South Caldwell

McDowell News 9/23

Blue Devils, Wildcats climb in soccer poll

Mooresville Tribune 9/23

Four straight wins for Patton soccer team
Morganton News Herald 9/26

Wayne Whaley
Draughn High's Tripp Garrou, No. 9, takes on Ryan Gwill, No. 10, from South Iredell High on Wednesday in Valdese.
Draughn soccer falls to East Lincoln 7-1

Freedom, McDowell soccer teams tie
Morganton News Herald 9/25

Mac Heffner/The News Mount Airy goalkeeper Andrew Pelfrey blocks a penalty kick attempt by South Stokes Wednesday. Mount Airy lost the match 4-2.
South Stokes and Mount Airy
Mount Airy News 9/24

Mount Airy soccer dropped a hard fought match against visiting Elkin Tuesday, 1-0.
Mount Airy News 9/23

Thursday, September 25, 2008


9/23 result
Newton-Conover 10
Bunker Hill 1
Six different players score for N-C. Chris Jordan had a hat trick, Chee Nou Xiong and Jacob Harkins added two a piece.Oscar Luis, Ricardo Millian and Lucas Hernandez scored one each.
Bunker Hill's lone goal was scored by Toua Yang.

9/24 results
Newton-Conover 4
Bunker Hill 0
Chris Jordan scored twice with Oscar Luis and Lucas Hernandez each adding a goal.

Patton 3
Bandys 0
Kevin Stone, Oscar Velasquez and Ethan Smith each scored for the Panthers.

West Caldwell 4
Maiden 0
Treigh Triplette scored twice for the Warriors. Melvin Yang and Martir Lopez rounded out West's scoring.

Hibriten 1
Fred T. Foard 0
Jules Picton scores the game winner for the Panthers.

Photo by Robert C. Reed. St. Stephens’ Jackson Pitofsky (7) tries to dribble past Austin Barber of Hickory in Wednesday’s match.

Hickory 2
St. Stephens 0
Levi Herrera and Banks Anderson score a pair of goals for the Red Tornadoes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Hickory remains undefeated in CVAC play. Drake Fisher put away a rebound late in the game to keep Hickory alone at the top of the CVAC standings.

Matt Foss scored twice, Kyle Luterbach, Logan Meyer and Brody Ruffner rounded out the scoring for Foard.

Ben Watson, Trey Lewis, Mitchell Cole each scored in the first half. Thor Khang pulled one back for N-C in the second half with Jackson Pitofsky completing the scoring for St..

Oscar Velasquez scored two goals with Wil Bodfish adding the third.

Melvin Yang scored two goals for the Warriors to lead the way. Other West goals were scored by Adam Clarke, Mondoza Yang, Tyler Ervin and Gabriel Tobias.
Toua Yany and Jesus Rodriquez scored for BH.

Monday, September 22, 2008



5 local soccer teams ranked
Asheville Citizen Times 9/16

credit: Photo by Lee Barrett,
Owen midfielder Alec Hile dribbles the ball against Mountain Heritage.
Owen soccer buries Mountain Heritage at home
Black Mountain News 9/17

WNC high school soccer leaders
Asheville Citizen Times 9/17

Pioneer booters edge Freedom on the road

Watauga Democrat 9/19

Good coaches, better friends
Charlotte Observer 9/17

Sunday, September 21, 2008


This season I have been very quiet in regards to "my team", DC United, but it is now time to weigh in on the coaching issue. I always hate to muddy the waters of BigSoccer with facts but sometimes it is just unavoidable. The current debate seems to revolve around the demise of Tom Soehn and who should replace him.

Currently there are only two people on the face of the planet with the experience to manage DC United. These two people are Steve Nichol and Tom Soehn. Nobody in the world of soccer has experience dealing with the issues that these two coaches do. The only others in the world that come close are Dominic Kinear and Preki. Kinear and Preki are close seconds but don't have quite the travel arrangements to juggle as Nichol and Soehn.

So you can vote to sack Soehn, replace him him with the only other qualified coach, one that loves Route 1 football and seems to enjoy losing the big games. You can forget about Ben Olsen, Jaime, El Diablo or Sir Alex. Get these guys and your throwing a two year investment of On-the-Job-Training away. There isn't a single one that has the experience dealing with the issues that Tommy has. The bottom line is that MLS must address the problems prohibiting the League from being competitive in International competitions while maintaining quality of play in the league.

I guess first and foremost is the congested schedule. This season DC United has 49
fixtures(not counting the playoffs) in less than 8 months (229 days). Compare that with Manchester United's(since we used Sir Alex above) schedule of 47 fixtures in 295 days.That amounts to an average, day and a half more between games for Manchester. Sir Alex Ferguson deals with his 6.28 days between games juggling a roster of 38 players, trying to keep players healthy and working around the inevitable injuries. I would also like to note that the average salary in the Premiership is $1.24M. Tom Soehn deals with his 4.77 days between games with a roster of 18 men and 10 developmental players, with a salary cap of $2.3M. While it is exciting to note that the average wage in MLS is up to $129,395 (the Designated Player Rule has alot to do to with that) the minimum for developmental players is $12,900 and for general roster players it is $30,000.

The other issue surrounding the MLS schedule is the amount of travel involved. DC United will travel over 48,000 miles(that's twice around the Earth) if we don't make the play offs.This is an issue that really can't be addressed but needs to be mentioned. Manchester United will travel close to 10,000 miles this season. They will play in one game where they will have to cross 3 time zones and one game where they cross 1 time zone. DC United on the other hand will travel to 5 games across 1 time zone, 6 games across 2 time zones, and 4 games across 3 time zones. Last year when Beckham was asked if he was surprised by anything in MLS, particularly if he was getting hacked alot, his response was something to the effect that defenders are rough everywhere. His surprise was the size of America, "the most we traveled was one to two hours". This air travel brings into play disruption in circadian rythms(jet lag) and performance issues. The general rule is that you will need a day of recuperation for each time zone crossed before you are back to "normal". Other issues such as increased swelling at altitude have to be managed.

So between jet lag and recovery times following games the bottom line is DC United is almost never training with players at optimum, combine that with a roster of 18 players and ten players that aren't making enough to live in Washington and you've got the 2008 season. Even with a strong Front Office doing a good job finding players as stop gaps the quality suffers. I've heard alot of folks say we were really unlucky with the injuries this season but the truth of the matter is that we would have been lucky to stay healthy. The bottom line is all this talk about development and fitness there really is no time in the schedule for such nonsense.

Thursday, September 18, 2008



Alan Rogers
Tucker Broome of Hickory is congratulated by teammates Taylor Walker (left), Blai Yang and Mansfield Fisher after scoring a goal against Newton-Conover on Wednesday. Broome scored one goal in Hickory’s 3-1 win.
Still on top


Tanner Sinclair on the attack. File photo D. Terry
Sinclair Leads Panthers


Adam Clarke scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute.Melvin Yang was credited with the assist. Warrior keeper Luke Greene notched the shutout. He had 15 saves.


Khue Lane leads Patton to victory with two goals. Michael Scott, Caled Harrison and johnathan Morales each score.


Five different players score in FTF's win over Maiden. Kyle Luterbach, Scott Raby, J. R. Whitworth, Brody Ruffner and Dillon Reep put on ein th eback of the net.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


St. Stephens 4
Patton 0

S. had four different goal scorers in their shut out against Patton.Cody Solesbee, Keith Cooper, Jackson Pitofsky and Andrew Zachrich each put one into the net.

Fred T. Foard 6
Bunker Hill 0

Kyle Luterbach gets a hat trick for Foard. Tim Ravieca, Kyle Lloyd and Tyler Turner rounded out the scoring for FTF.

Hibriten 4
Maiden 0

Josh Stamey scored twice for the Panthers with goals added by Max Lewis and Oscar Aviles. Jon Easton and Austin Beard combined for the shut out.

Hibriten hosts Bandys Wednesday.

Hickory 6
Bandys 1

Drake fisher led the Red Tornadoes with a hat trick. Tony Xiong, Tucker Broome, and Tyler Collins each had a goal.

Matt Miller scored once for Bandys.

Newton-Conover 5
West Caldwell 1

Chris Johnson and Oscar Luis each had a pair of goals in N-C win at West.
Caleb Branch scored the other Red Devil goal.

Ricardo Millan had West Caldwell's lone goal.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Best of the West: Rockets rise in soccer state poll
Asheville Citizen-Times 9/10/08

Cougars' soccer team bolts to a 6-0 start
Charlotte Observer 9/14/08

Fayetteville represented well in soccer rankings
Fayetville Observer 9/11/08

Saints edge Tigers
Goldsboro News Argus 9/12/08

Havelock soccer falls to New Bern
Havelock News 9/9/08

Red Wolves soccer splits conference matches
News Of Orange County 9/10/08

North Meck booters blast Central; Titans fall
Huntersville Herald

Soccer standings
Jacksonville Daily News 9/11/08

photo courtesy of Doug Terry
Panthers win rare Saturday game
Lenoir News Topic 9/13/08

Spartans end long drought
Lenoir News Topic 9/10/08

photo courtesy Doug Terry
Picton leads Hibriten past St. Stephens
Lenoir News Topic 9/10/08

Big soccer showdown for Devils, Wildcats
Mooresville Tribune 9/8/08

Mooresville High soccer players celebrate after taking a 1-0 lead over Lake Norman during the first half Monday night.
Ken Charnock
Mooresville Tribune 9/9/08

Blue Devils keep hot streak going
Mooresville Tribune 9/12/08

Draughn High's Tommy Yang, No. 16, fends off a challenge from Kyle Stevens, No. 13, from Freedom High on Wildcat field in Monday evening's soccer match.
Wildcats, Patriots tie
Morganton News Herald 9/09/08

Patton soccer dominates West Caldwell
Morganton News Heral 9/09/08

High school results
Raleigh N&O 9/10/08

High school results
Raleigh N&O 9/11/08

High school results
Raleigh N&O 9/12/08

East Wake soccer making inroads
Raleigh N&O 9/10/08

Telegram photo / Joel Hodges
Rocky Mount High's Justin Marsigli, right, flips the ball past Tarboro's Javier Altarimano on Tuesday in Tarboro.
Rocky Mount High boys' soccer tops host Tarboro
Rocky Mount Telegram 9/09/08

Rocket boys’ soccer blanked by Pirates
Roxboro Courier 9/10/08

Person boys’ soccer coach likes effort despite 3-0 loss to Webb
Roxboro Courier 9/13/08

Area briefs: SHS, East tennis sweep
Salisbury Post 9/09/08

Area briefs: Carson soccer rolls
Salisbury Post 9/10/08

Area briefs: SHS soccer wins a wet one vs. Golden Eagles
Salisbury Post 9/11/08

Soccer roundup: Shelby ties Polk, Burns victorious
Shelby Star 9/11/08

South isn't getting ahead of itself on the pitch
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/10/08

Offensive explosion gives Warriors a win
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/10/08

Greyhounds break through with upset win
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/11/08

Lions blow past Salem Baptist
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/11/08

Warriors facing tougher tasks
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/11/08

Early deficit not an issue for Warriors
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/11/08

Leaptrott, Laws propel Vikings
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/12/08

Horton explodes for seven goals in win
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/12/08

Raiders confident about their chances against LNHS
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/12/08

Monson lifts Lions to easy win
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/13/08

Conquerors can't keep momentum in loss
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/13/08

Hounds have strong week
Statesville Record & Landmark 9/14/08

Pirate Andrew Snyder wins a header as teammate Taz Davis, far right, watches the action. (Levey photo)
Pirate booters split matches
Tideland News 9/10/08

Tough schedule paying off for West booters; blank Rams 2-0
Carolina Coast Online 9/12/08

Pirate JV booters split with Hoggard
Tideland News 9/10/08

Croatan’s Gabe Moore heads a ball over a Richlands player in the Cougars’ 4-2 defeat. Moore had both Croatan goals in the game against the No. 1-ranked 2A team in the state. (Evans Kistler photo)
Short-handed Croatan falls to state's top 2A team
Carolina Coast 9/10/08

Tuscola loses to SM Mustangs
Waynesville Mountaineer 9/12/08

Soccer splits games to move to 3-2-1
Jefferson Post 9/12/08

Whiteville High senior soccer player Jake Bush (center) heads the ball while colliding with a Dixon player in Monday night’s non-conference soccer match at the WHS field. Bush drove in a 20-yard kick with less than six minutes remaining for lone Wolfpack goal in the 1-1 tie with the visiting Dixon team. At left is Whiteville’s Ben Best. Dixon came into the match as the state’s ninth-ranked 1A team. Whiteville took a 4-2-1 record into Wednesday’s home game with Topsail
Whiteville News Reporter 9/12/08

High School Roundup
Wilmington Star 9/12/08

Staff photo | Mike Spencer
New Hanover’s Brannon Blanke (left) kicks the ball away from Ashley’s Graham Luft on Thursday in a Mideastern Conference soccer match. The Wildcats won and remained unbeaten in the league.

Wildcats find seams in Eagles' defense for victory
Wilmington Star 9/12/08

High School Roundup
Wilmington Star 9/09/08

High School Roundup
Wilmington Star 9/08/08

HS Scores
W-S Journal 9/09/08

East Forsyth, North Forsyth to play for soccer title
W-S Journal 9/10/08

Soccer spectacular final postponed
W-S Journal 9/11/08

YADKIN RIPPLE/Eric Lusk * Forbush's Juan Ortega tries to kick the ball away from Starmount's Mauricio Lopez in the first half.

Forbush gets jump on conference
Yadkin Ripple 9/10/08

Bartlett Yancey men's soccer to host Morehead
The Caswell Messenger 9/09/08

Warrior JV soccer wins first game in long time
Eastern Wake News 9/10/08

Warriors win Labor Day tourney
Eastern Wake News 9/10/08

Friday, September 12, 2008


St. Stephens 2
Fred T. Foard 0

Addison Day and Trey Lewis tally goals for St., while Caleb Davis and Hunter Rigsby share the shut out.

Hibriten 9
Bunker Hill 0

Tanner Sinclair and Sean Moretz each had a pair of goals fir the Panthers, Miguel Aguilar, Oscar Avila, Christian Martinez, Jule Picton and Dago Lainez each scored once.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Hickory remains undefeated, winning over West Caldwell 2 - 1.
Hickory drew first blood converting a penalty kick but West knotted it up before half time. Hickory scored the game winner in the 55th minute.

Bandys defeats Maiden 4-1. Two goals came from ryan Eades with Michael Young and Matt Miller rounding out the score. The first goal of the game came from Maiden's Oscar Chavez.

St. Stephens at Fred T. Foard and Hibriten at Bunker Hill were postponed due to rain. Both games will be played tonight.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Hickory remains undefeated, Hibriten seperates themselves from the pack.

Tucker Broome, Drake Fisher and Trevor Lauber were the goal scorers for Hickory.

Jules Picton scores a hat trick all within five minutes of each other in the first half. Dago Lainez added a 35 yard free kick to wrap up the scoring. Miguel Aguilar, Brock Pennell and Tanner Sinclair were each credited with an assist.

FTF came from behind with three unanswered goal. Tyler Turner Kyle Luterbach(game winner)and Jason Smith each scored for Foard. Zach Mellon had N-C's only goal.

Patton had five different players put one in the net.Ivan Andrad, Wil Bodfish, Julio Flores, Vince Thao and Adam Eldir each scored for the Panthers.

Matt Miller scored the game winner for Bandys in the 61st minute.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

NC High School News 9/08/08

Tarboro soccer team undefeated
Tarboro Daily Southerner 9/04/08

Topsail Pirate soccer gets win over Richlands Wildcats
Swansboro Tideland News 9/04/08

Topsail midfielder Lucas Freitas takes a penalty kick in the 3-1 win over Richlands. (photo by Janine Polera)

Person boys’ soccer loses opener, 8-1
Roxboro Courier 9/04/08

Redskins trump Edenton 1-0
Outer Banks Sentinel 9/02/08

Manteo's Darren Evans looks to pass as an Edenton defender closes in. The Redskins beat Edenton Monday 1-0. (Daryl Law | Sentinel)

Patton Panthers soccer team loses 2-1 to conference-foe Foard
Morganton News Herald 9/02/08

Patriots soccer team draws third-straight tie
Morganton News Herald 9/03/08

Freedom High soccer player Ryan Joy introduces his cranium to the soccer ball in a game on Tuesday.

Patton shut out by strong Hickory soccer team
Morganton News Herald 9/04/08

Wildcats roar all over South Caldwell
Morganton News Herald 9/05/08

Draughn High senior defender Justin Walker, No. 7, sets to kick the ball down field against South Caldwell High on Thursday afternoon.

Polk County soccer team defeats Freedom
Morganton News Herald 9/05/08

Titans look sharp in home opener

McDowell News 9/04/08

Wolves fall 3-1 to rival
Lincoln Times News 9/03/08

Shelby’s Daniel Pennington (5) and Lincolnton’s Vicente Velazquez (23) battle for position of the ball Wednesday in the teams annual rivalry game. Pennington had a late goal as the Golden Lions defeated the Wolves 3-1 in ex-tra time. Seth Mabry/ LTN Photo

Prep Soccer: Central, Lexington expect to be improved; Knights are hopeful
Lexington Dispatch 9/02/08

Panthers top Red Devils
Lenoir News Topic 9/04/08

Panthers respond

Lenoir News Topic 9/04/08

Evenly matched

Lenoir News Topic 9/04/08

f="">North hammers home 11 goals in S. Wayne victory

USIN' HIS HEAD. Panther forward Hunter Brame heads a ball over Saint defenders for his first goal, in the early minutes of the first half Wednesday.

Soccer roundup Sept. 3
Jacksonville Daily News 9/03/08

Soccer roundup Sept. 4
Jacksonville Daily News 9/04/08

Boys high school soccer season under way
Greensboro News-Record

Northwest Guilford coach Marc Calderone (center, wearing white shirt) huddles with his team before the Vikings' game against Western Guilford at Western on Tuesday. (credit: Neslon Kepley / News & Record)

Golden Falcon offense too much for young Rosewood
Goldsboro News Argus 9/03/08

Goldsboro loses,Falcons prevail,Cougars halted

Goldsboro News Argus 9/04/08

Fuquay Soccer is Still Dangerous

Boys' Soccer Preview

Fayetville Observer 9/04/08

Late Clinton goals hand West Bladen soccer a 3-1 loss

Chapel Hill High School soccer looks to rebound
Chapel Hill News 9/06/08

Chapel Hill freshman goalkeeper Alex Bolowich tips a shot over the crossbar, as Apex's Sam Wilsons (23) runs into the back of the netp.
Staff Photo by Leslie Barbour

BRS soccer squad thinking playoffs
Cashiers Crossroads Chronical 9/04/08

Eagles Varsity Soccer team picks up 3-0 win over New Bern

Island Gazette 9/03/08

6 WNC teams earn state ranking
Asheville Citizen-Times 9/02/08

Best of the West
Following is the first Best of the West boys soccer poll for the 2008 season.

Asheville Citizen-Times 9/02/08

‘Dream start’: Lingerfelt has 13 goals in 6 games

Asheville Citizen-Times 9/02/08

Asheville High's Kenneth Lingerfelt goes for the ball in a 2-1 loss against Reynolds last week. - John Coutlakis/

Top scorers meet today
Ashevill Citizen-Times 9/03/08

Roberson may be back to old ways

Asheville Citizens-Times 9/03/08

Roberson’s Robert May celebrates a goal during a match at Asheville last season. May is one of 11 seniors on the current roster for the Rams, who are ranked No. 1 in the first Best of the West poll. - JOHN COUTLAKIS/

Comets rally late, lose in OT to Central Academy

North Stanly midfielder Phong Moua feels the pressure of the Central Academy defense in Wednesday’s match. North hosts West Montgomery tonight.


Catawba Valley Athletic Conference standings

Hickory 3-0-0
Hibriten 3-1-0
St. Stephens 2-1-0
Fred T. Foard 2-2-0
West Caldwell 2-2-0
Newton-Conover 1-1-0
Bandys 1-3-0
Patton 1-3-0
Maiden 0-2-0

Monday 9/08/08 Games

Bandys @ Bunker Hill
St Stephens @ Hibriten
Hickory @ Maiden
Fred T Foard @ Newton-Conover
West Caldwell @ Patton

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

CVAC Update 9/04/08

Hickory 3
Patton 0

Hickory remains undefeated in the conference. Drake fisher assisted Banks Anderson twice in the 12th and 28th minutes. Tucker Broome scored the other Red Tornado goal.

Hibriten 5
Newton-Conover 2

Josh Stamey scored twice for the Panthers with goals added by Max Lewis, Jule Picton and Brock Pennell.

Once again Chris Jordan scores two for N-C.

Maiden 2
Bunker Hill 1

St. Stephens 5
Bandys 0

Cody Solesbee with two, Jackson Pitofsky, Sasha Lines and Mitchell Cole adding one each to the tally. Hunter Rigsby gets the shut out for St. Stephens.

Fred T. Foard 3
West Caldwell 2

FTF wins in overtime. West held a one goal lead until Foard knotted it up with less than a minute left in regulation. Foard scored first in OT and West's Tyler Ervin put a header in off a corner. Foard finally won when they finished up a loose ball in the box.

CVAC Update 9/03/08

Newton-Conover 2
Bandys 0

Chris Jordan scored twice for the Red Devils within 3 minutes for the N-C victory.
Jordan scored in the 70th and 72nd minute.

St. Stephens 6
Maiden 1

Ben Watson had a hat trick in Wednesday's victory, Jackson Pitofsky, Addison Day and Caleb Watson each scored for St. Stepehens. Austin Oliver had Maiden's lone goal.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CVAC Update 9/02/08

Hickory 8
Bunker Hill 0

Hickory remains undefeated and takes sole possession of first place. Drew Collins, Banks Anderson and Tucker Broome each had two goals each.

Next CVAC match up is Wednesday when Patton goes to Hickory.

Fred T. Foard 2
Patton 1

Will Bodfish scored Patton's lone goal to put them up 1-0 in the first half.
Foard's Kyle Luterback tied the match in the 67th minute and scored the game winner in the 82nd minute.

Foard travels to West Caldwell Wednesday.

Hibriten 5
West Caldwell 0

Hibriten lead at half time 2-0 but put the dagger in the heart 27 seconds into the second half. Following Tanner Sinclair's quick goal in the second half, Josh Stamey added the exclamation point in the 53rd minute. The last 25 minutes the coach took the opportunity to give his bench a workout.

Hibriten travels to Newton-Conover Wednesday.

Monday, September 1, 2008


A Lesson in hardwork, humility and respect.

It's only appropriate on a holiday designed to give "the working citizen a day off", to recognize two of the hardest workers in MLS. So here's a tip of the hat to Brian McBride and Ben Olsen.

According to Fulham's manager,"Brian McBride has been a fine ambassador for Fulham Football Club. As my captain last season Brian was truly respected in the dressing room and led by example on the pitch. His attitude is second to none - Brian is a true pro in every sense of the word."

McBride is known for his work ethic and his willingness to do anything for the shirt, making him a fan favorite wherever he has played. In a sport being ruined by diving and play acting McBride has been called a true hard b***ard centre-forward. When viciously elbowed by De Rossi in the USA v Italy game during the World Cup, he didn’t flinch, even as they stitched him up so he could continue to play. We need more men in the game who can take a shot without whining about it. McBride looks like the sort of tough-assed Irishman that gave the NYPD such a fearsome reputation in the 30s. Thick-necked and made of granite, McBride is as hard they come prompting Chicago's supporter section to chant:

He’s big!
He’s red!
He’s got plates in his head!
Brian McBride!
Brian McBride!

Here's what Mick Delaney, a Fulham fan had to say about him:

"I have supported Fulham for 39 years now and Brian is close to if not is my all time favourite player. Why? He not the most skillful player we have had over those years. He not the longest serving player, and although he has a good goal scoring it's not great. What does it for me is that everytime he pulled on the shirt he gave the full 100% which is all a fan can ask for of a player. In addition, despite easily being able to, he never had an ego. An example of this was the post match interview for the Birmingham game when the interviewer, stating how important the first goal was and that "you" (Brian McBride) scored it his response was that "yes, WE (the team) scored it". Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay him is that I use him as a role model for my two teenage boys. Work hard, give what ever you are doing 100% effort, work for the team and let others praise you rather than doing it yourself and accept any praise gracefully but don't forget the people who help you achieve. We will miss Brian and replacing him is without doubt Hodgsons biggest job, both in terms of his captaincy and the role of a target man / goal scorer. When he first joined there were some who doubted his capacity to influence our club and team. Now he has left there isn't a single voice which isn't praising his worth and contribution. Brian, God bless you and your family."

Cut from the same mold is DC United's Ben Olsen. Not the most talented on the team but the most missed when he's out. The heart of DC United. So Barra Brava decided to do a little tribute to Benny (video below). Olsen's response in the video ("I just love to play soccer") wasn't surprising to those that know him. Ed Morgans response to that(Weekend Update) is so similar to that of the Fulham fan it's scary.

It all comes down to loving the ego-less player, the one that will play for the name on the front of the shirt rather than the back. It shouldn't be so rare to find players that realize it's a privelege to play the game they love for a living, and are willing to bust their ass to continue to do it. Hopefully they are not a dying breed.

So here's to McBride and Olsen! Happy Labor Day!