That was the word yelled in unison by the PikeView boys soccer team after posing for a team photo Thursday night in front of the goal at the East River Soccer Complex.
After a one-year absence PikeView is back in the state tournament. The Panthers held off a pesky Pocahontas County club 4-2 Thursday night to win the Class AA-A Region III championship and land a berth in next week’s tournament in Beckley.
PikeView last played at the state level in 2011 and fell to eventual champion Charleston Catholic 6-0 in its first game. Coach Bill Hopkins said this year’s juniors were freshmen on that team and that this squad has a different attitude.
“We’re going up there with a different focus this time,” Hopkins said. “Our focus the entire season has been championship at the state level, not the regional or sectional level, and that’s still our goal and our focus. We talk about it every day in practice.”
Seth Ward got the Panthers started toward the regional championship when he netted the game’s first goal in the 11th minute. Three minutes later, Brandon Calfee found the back of the net and it appeared that the Panthers were on a roll.
Pocahontas County, however, came to play. Cary Robertson, in the 35th minute, put the Warriors on the board and brought his team to within a goal of the lead.
PikeView, however, charged back and with less than a minute left in the half, Hunter Klein scored to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the intermission.
The second half saw the teams battle furiously as neither team could get the ball across the goal.
Pocahontas County had a chance, but a penalty kick from inside the box sailed wide right and PikeView held onto its lead. The Warriors continued to battle and with just over 10 minutes left, Robertson scored on a breakaway to make it 3-2.
The Panthers put it away, however, when two minutes later Isaac Van Blaricom scored to make it 4-2 and that was the final.
Wood and Klein, in addition to their goals, each had two assists for PikeView.
Warriors coach Cully Curry McCurdy said, “I have no complaints of the way my guys played. I thought we equaled them in the midfield, probably won as many 50-50 balls. We’re smaller, probably as fast, not quite as physical, but I thought it was a good showing for us. They (PikeView) are a good team, well-coached, great kids and it’s always an honor to be on the field with them.”
PikeView will play in the state semifinals next Friday evening around 6:30 at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley.
— E-mail: email@example.com
- High School Sports
Big man Bonds propels Tigers
Shady Spring has been looking for an identity since losing sharpshooter Chase Connor to graduation.
- Getting a great look
- LOCAL ROUNDUP: Morrison’s 29 helps Summers improve to 5-0
Resurgent Lady Devils roll past Independence
What a difference a year can make.
Cavs begin process of defending state title
Greenbrier West coach Jeremy Tincher had a message for his wrestlers on their first day of practice, and he hopes they processed the information.
- LOCAL ROUNDUP: Lady Wildcats remain undefeated, beat Trail 49-35
- No stopping him
Patriots off to good start
Independence got the year started with a win over Class AAA state champion Huntington, gained invaluable experience in a North Carolina tournament and was not challenged in the Webster County Duals
Woodrow hoopster fortunate as his name
While he was used to the squeaking sound of sneakers on a hardwood floor, one a cold December night, it was the sound of broken glass and twisted metal that he remembers most.
- Honoring a great
- More High School Sports Headlines
- Big man Bonds propels Tigers