Bragging rights go the West Virginia Chaos.
The Chaos defeated the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors 3-2 Tuesday night at Paul Cline Stadium. The win not only allowed the Chaos to sweep the two-game in-state season series, but also allowed them to take home the first West Virginia Coal Cup Clash trophy.
Dion Peters scored twice for West Virginia, and the King’s Warriors had an own-goal among the three Chaos goals. Southern West Virginia got its goals from Harry Sherwood and Nago MBengue.
J.P. Garcia made his first start in goal for the King’s Warriors and made five saves. Chris Grassie gave up two goals but it was enough for the Chaos goalkeeper to earn the win with two saves.
Southern West Virginia coach Scott Reitnour was frustrated after the game with his team’s performance.
“We had a pass completion ratio of 53% as a team and that’s just unacceptable,” he said. “We can’t give the ball away due to a lack of concentration as much as we did tonight and still turn in a successful performance.”
Early in the first half, Southern West Virginia’s Curt Hayes had a near breakaway to give the King’s Warriors (2-6-1) their best chance for a goal. Hayes led the ball a bit too far and was beaten to the ball by Grassie.
The Chaos (5-3) scored first on an own-goal by the King’s Warriors in the 19th minute. Peters got around the Southern West Virginia defense and fired a shot on goal from a sharp angle. The shot deflected off the crossbar and went right to King’s Warriors defender Byron Knowles Ramirez, who accidentally kicked the ball into the net.
In the second half, the floodgates opened as four goals were scored. The Chaos made it 2-0 in the 65th minute. Sherwood missed a header, and Peters ran onto the ball and beat Garcia.
Two minutes later Sherwood was taken down in the box, and the King’s Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Sherwood beat Grassie and Southern West Virginia was on the board.
With the score 2-1, West Virginia’s Peters scored his second goal of the game in the 70th minute, and the Chaos regained its two-goal lead.
But the King’s Warriors weren’t done as Southern West Virginia scored its second of the night. MBengue took a pass at the top of the 18-yard box from Nahom Tekle and buried this third goal of the season to trim the Chaos lead to 3-2.
West Virginia turned aside a few last-minute King’s Warriors attempts and was able to hang on for the 3-2 victory.
“The biggest disappointment tonight was that our work-rate wasn’t there, and that’s why we’re so frustrated,” said Sherwood.
The Kings’s Warriors next action will be this weekend as they’ll travel play the Northern Virginia Royals Saturday in Fairfax, and then Sunday will meet the Real Maryland Monarchs in Rockville.
The King’s Warriors will return home for their next home game Friday, June 29, when they’ll host the Fredericksburg Hotspur at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex at 7 p.m.
The following night Southern West Virginia will entertain the Palmetto FC Bantams at 7 p.m.
The gates will open at 6 p.m. at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex. Tickets are available in advance, which includes a discount, by calling the King’s Warriors at (304) 466-9080. Tickets are also available at the gate at regular game-day prices.
Bragging rights go the West Virginia Chaos.
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