by Lee Scripture
Scrimmage time is over and now the games “count” toward the season’s record: Friday, the varsity guys Indian soccer team took a big step in getting off on the right foot. They stopped Chincoteague High, 3-0 for their first win of the 2017 season. In getting the win, the Indians unleashed a Gatling Gun of firepower that overwhelmed the visiting Ponies. They out scored their guests 30 to 5. Something a long time fan of Northumberland soccer said he hadn’t seen in years.
Early in the opening half, Freshmen Austin Evens scored on an assist from sophomore Karas Smith. In the second half, Evans scored twice more with assists going to James Slater and Terrel Milton. Evans collected a “pure hat trick” according to Coach Sterling Harris. A “hat trick” is three goals in a game, the “pure” comes in when nobody scores during the three goal scoring. Evans third score came on a “header.”
Freshman goalie Joe Schindler recorded his first career shut out. Harris credited the Indians defensive back line of Damonte Thornton, Connor Woolard, Juan Espinoza and Harry Lee for keeping the Ponies offense in the fence. Harris once again showed both his excitement and praise of his team, “We are excited to start the season with a win.”
In the second game of the night, the Indians JV battled the Rappahannock (Warsaw) team to a 0-0 tie. The Rappahannock JVs have been the top JV team within the conference for the past two seasons.
JV Coach Caleb Smith said “I was really proud of the defense holding them to a shut out. Our offense needs to work on chemistry and communication.” Smith singled out the play of Seth Sadler on the back (defensive) line. “He played a heck of a game.”