Midland girls, Highlander boys ready for regional play

SOURCE: The Herald-Dispatch by Tim Stephens

HUNTINGTON – The clicking sound in Ona is the Cabell Midland High School girls soccer team.

The Knights (15-5-2) take on three-time defending state champion Winfield (19-1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Class AAA, Region IV soccer tournament finals at Point Pleasant High School. They’ll be preceded by the Huntington High boys (12-7-1) playing Winfield (14-6-1) at 5 p.m. State tournament berths are up for grabs.

“This is the only year I’ve been playing that we’ve really worked together well as a team,” Cabell Midland senior Rachel Morgan said. “We click.”

Morgan scored the game’s only goal Thursday as the Knights defeated Spring Valley, 1-0, in the Region IV, Section 2 championship game. She said she was happiest for her coach, Andy Wilson.

“I’m glad we could do this for Andy,” Morgan said.

Emily Smith, a junior, said she expects her team to perform the way it has all season.

“Andy tells us to play the way we’ve been playing,” Smith said.

The Huntington High boys hope to continue playing as they have during a late-season run. Sirmon Brown scored three goals off headers and Quintin Wood hooked a shot into goal Thursday night as the Highlanders beat Spring Valley, the defending sectional and regional champion, in the sectional title game. The Timberwolves knocked off the Highlanders last season when HHS was expected by many to advance to the state tournament.

“Not to talk too much about last year, but we used that,” Huntington High coach Kyle Sniatecki said. “Losing last season left a bad taste in our mouths for more than a year cytotec online canada.”

Sniatecki said his team played with something to prove. He said the Highlanders at times are perceived as complainers on the field. It’s not a perception Sniatecki and his players relish.

“We’ve been under scrutiny all year,” Sniatecki said. “Our guys played with class (Thursday). The scoresheet is a reflection of that. I’m proud of our guys for that. The parents and the community can see that we did what we needed to do.”

A pay-back victory over Spring Valley was nice, but that’s not Huntington High’s ultimate goal.

“It was good, but our goal is to win a state championship,” Sniatecki said.

HHS greatly desired to beat Spring Valley, but the Highlanders said they have a great deal of respect for the Timberwolves.

“They’re a great team,” Brown said.

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