Boys Varsity Soccer
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Aug 26, 2019
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WESTMINSTER CATAWBA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: 1
KNIGHTS START STRONG AND FINISH STRONG IN WIN OVER WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, SC; 4-1 SCORE; 4-2-0 Overall, 0-0 Foothills Athletic Conference
ROCK HILL, SC- August 26th, 2019 – The Knights trekked 1.5 hrs down south to take on the 2A Indians, their second visit to the Westminster campus over a three-year span. The trip would prove worthwhile for the Knights as they dominated the action on both sides of the pitch to win their fourth game in a row.
The contest pitted two first year head coaches as coach Bruno Ramos (Hickory Christian) and Jake Tassy (Westminster) squared off for the first time.
From the opening whistle the Knights took their aggressive, attacking style and hit payday with only 3 minutes ticking off the clock. Junior Garrison Mullis was the beneficiary of an assist from sophomore Stephen Frye who had received a nice touch pass from sophomore Braden Runyon. The Knights would control the tempo during the first half and struck again at the 17-minute mark, moving the score to 2-0. It was Frye’s turn to hit the back of the net as he took an assist from Runyon. The next 23 minutes saw the Knights dominate possession and tempo. Heading into halftime the Knights left several scoring opportunities on the field but felt good about being ahead by two goals.
True to their reputation, the Knights punched it in early as the second half got underway. Sophomore Walker Harris, who was battling a bloody nose after taking an elbow, was on the receiving end of a Braden Runyon right to left cross and knocked it in for a 3-0 lead at minute forty-three.
The host Indians reached net at minute sixty-three, putting the score at 3-1 and seemed to gain some enthusiasm and energy from their bench. Unfortunately for the Indians they would come up short on several good looks. The Knights, however, sealed the deal at the 77-minute mark as Mullis captured his second goal of the contest, increasing the margin to 4-1. Junior Hugo Fournie was credited with the assist.
Junior Hugo Fournie was the recipient of the HCA Battle Ball, an HCA tradition after each game awarded to the player with the best effort, attitude, performance and all-around impact on the outcome of the contest. Fournie, who hails from France as an exchange student, is one of the anchors of the HCA back line. His intensity, game smarts and good decision making allowed him to be a key contributor in the victory.
On the injury front, Junior Ben Vazquez, on the shelf for over three weeks from a lingering back injury, was cleared to play and contributed a solid 15 minutes for the Knights. It was Vazquez’ first action as a varsity soccer player and good things are expected as he continues to improve his conditioning. Junior Dylan Morrison is close to seeing his first action of the season after rehabbing a groin injury. Morrison participated in pre-game warm ups and will get some much-needed time at practice this week. He is scheduled to make his debut this Thursday.
The Knights travel to Gastonia on Thursday August 29thfor a 5:15 contest against Gaston Day School. Release time for students is 2:30.