Huntington, Midland split rainy soccer doubleheader

SOURCE:  The Herald-Dispatch by David Walsh

HUNTINGTON -Twelve seniors marched out to ovations from the fans on Senior Night for Huntington High boys soccer.

Those seniors, plus their teammates, got another nice ovation later on the breezy, rainy Tuesday night as a tribute to celebrate a 4-1 win by the Highlanders over Cabell Midland in the second half of a girls/boys doubleheader.

In the first game, Huntington scored a late goal to gain a 1-1 tie against the Knights.

Sirmon Brown collected two goals and set up a goal by Beau Simpson to lead the Huntington attack. Quintin Wood had the first goal on a penalty kick and picked up an assist on Brown’s first goal. It came off a free kick.

“Hats off to the seniors. They came to play,” Highlanders coach Kyle Sniatecki said. “They were very passionate tonight. Those are the guys we depend on.”

Huntington (8-5-1) is back in action Thursday at St. Albans.

James Tyler scored the goal for the Knights (2-9).

“Proud of the effort,” Cabell Midland coach Tyler Ellis said. The Knights play again Thursday at home against Hurricane. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Wood’s goal came at 20:00 and started the Highlanders on the road to victory on a muddy surface. Brown pressed the issue time and again.

“He does a good job on the ball,” Sniatecki said. “When he’s on he makes things happen.”

In the opener, the Highlanders got called for a hand ball in the box and Rachel Morgan scored on the penalty kick for the Knights.

Huntington (4-6-3) upped the tempo in the closing minutes and got the equalizer from Tory Shackelford with 1:54 left. There was a big scramble in front of the Cabell Midland goal and Shackelford managed to get a shot in the net.

“Tough one at the end but I liked the way we played. We played hard,” Knighs coach Andy Wilson said. “We had the most possessions.”

Alyssa Long had two good scoring chances for the Knights, but hit a post on a first-half shot and the crossbar on one in the second.

“We feel fortunate,” Highlanders coach Paul Farrell said. “We found a spark the last 10 minutes. If we play the first 70 like the last 10, we’ll be OK additional hints.”

The Knights (9-4-1) visit Hurricane on Thursday. Huntington is home Thursday against St. Albans. Game time is 6 p.m.

Girls

CABELL MIDLAND 1 0 1

HUNTINGTON 0 11

CMMorgan (pk), 1:33

HShackelford (un), 78:06.

Shots: CM 7, H 4. Saves: Ciccolella (CM) 3; Worrell (H) 0, Budd (H) 3. Corner kicks: CM 2, H 1.

Boys

CABELL MIDLAND 0 11

HUNTINGTON 2 24

HWood (pk), 20:00.

HBrown (Wood), 38:14.

HSimpson (Brown), 43:27.

CMTyler (un), 47:32.

HBrown (un), 73:04.

Shots: CM 6, H 15. Saves: Hinchman (CM) 7; Haikal (H) 3. Corner kicks: CM 1, H 6.

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