HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Mountaineers play Swain to a 1-1 tie
The Mitchell High School boys’ soccer team Monday, Sept. 23, walked out onto the pitch to battle Swain High School.
Swain defeated Mitchell 5-0 just two weeks prior, but the Mountaineers’ dedicated group of seniors rallied their team with encouraging words and a determination that saw the team battle to a 1-1 tie.
“The team’s talent and determination, despite several season setbacks, produced 90 minutes of wowing effort,” said head soccer coach George Tasedan. Our goalie, Carson Phillips, was sharp and confident from the start, fielding everything that came his way.”
Tasedan said the rest of the team equaled Phillips’ effort with stifling defense, a midfield that gathered balls defensively and fed the offense with stunning balls to their forward attack, primarily Jesus Martinez and Ben Wessinger.
In a scoreless tie after halftime, Elijah Twiddy won the ball and made a great pass to Wessinger, who made a dead-on leading pass to forward Martinez, who collected it in two touches and sharply put the ball past the Swain defense and into the net. The Mountaineers continued their solid efforts throughout the remainder of the game.
At 75 minutes, Swain countered with an excellent team attack to tie the score at 1-1. With 10 minutes left, the Mountaineers remained strong and united to complete the game at 1-1 despite a strong Swain attack to the final seconds of game time.
“I’m extremely proud of the outstanding team effort,” Tasedan said. “The team finally showed what they’ve been capable of all season and more.”