On Friday night the Charlestown Boys Soccer team played their first round match up of the Southern Indiana Soccer Classic against Christian Academy of Indiana. Having never beaten the Warriors before, it was a tough draw for the Pirates. However, the boys dominated possession from the opening whistle straight through to the end of the match and claiming the victory 2-1. Junior Trent Wight scored the opening goal for the Pirates with 33 minutes remaining in the first half on a penalty kick awarded for a CAI hand ball in the box. After some confusion over a controversial offsides call from the referees, Senior Goalkeeper Nick Wirthwein was left standing at the top of his box as he watched Christian Academy dribble past him and score an easy goal to equalize the game. But with just 12:50 remaining in the second half, Freshman forward Jeremiah Paiz made a long crossing pass from the corner that was bobbled by the opposing keeper and ended up falling into the net to put the Pirates ahead for the win. This was Paiz first career goal for the Pirates after he earned an assist to a teammate in an previous contest. The victory placed Charlestown into the Semi-Finals on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 against Southwestern High School (Hanover). However, having not returned home the night before until well after 11:00 pm and having a couple of players taking the ACT before the game, the team was generally sluggish and slow throughout the afternoon as they fought hard in a losing effort to the Southwestern team who had earned a bye and not competed the night before.
The loss to Southwestern landed the Pirates in the 3rd place consolation game against Trinity Lutheran (Seymour) and advanced Southwestern into the Championship against the River City Jaguars, whom the Pirates had already dismantled 6-4 back in August. The Trinity Lutheran contest kicked-off at 6:00 pm and would see the Charlestown boys take home their 3rd victory in 4 games over a 3 day period. Senior Michael Navetta commanded the midfield and penetrated the penalty box where he drew a hard challenge and earned a penalty kick for himself which he easily converted to put the Pirates level at 1-1 as the Junior Jose Arredondo allowed an earlier goal from Trinity Lutheran as he was playing goal keeper for the first time ever as Wirthwein was injured and unable to compete. As the game progressed, a command of the midfield would eventually lead to Navetta sending a ball into Senior Colin Martin inside the box who unselfishly flicked it on to Junior Trent Wight for a nice little goal to take the lead at 2-1. Trinity Lutheran was not finished yet however, as a seemingly stonewalled Freshman Isai Galvan agonizingly watched as they dribbled right passed him as he stood still watching to score the equalizing goal. It would be Senior team captain Michael Navetta who would eventually save the day for the Pirates late in the second half as he took possession of the ball on the far right side flank and launched a long high shot to the far post corner, over the leaping outstretched arms of the Trinity Lutheran keeper and into the net for the go ahead goal.
Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting encourages all of Pirate Nation to vote for Charlestown Pirate Football QB Tristan Chester for this week’s Touchdown Friday Night Player of the Week. Chester was nominated after his four touchdown pass performance in last Friday’s 47-20 victory over North Harrison. Vote by logging on to the www.wave3.com sports page at www.wave3.com/category/57726/touchdown-friday-night. Tristan is competing against five other local high school football players, and ALL VOTING MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE NOON WEDNESDAY! Show the Louisville metro area what Pirate Pride means, take a second and vote for Tristan, as well as encourage your friends and family to do the same! GO PIRATES!!!!!
On Saturday, September 13th, 2014, the Charlestown High school Marching Band of Pirates won first place in Class A, Best Visual in Class A, Best Guard in Class A, and Best Music in Class A at the Salem HS Marching Band competition. The Charlestown Band of Pirates placed higher than competitors from West Washington HS, Southwestern HS, and Corydon Central HS. The Band of Pirates are under the direction of Danny Peterson and Drum Major Kayla Hooker. For more information about the Band of Pirates go to www.charlestownbandofpirates.com.
This competition was the first of the 2014 season. Congrats to the Charlestown Marching Band of Pirates!
The Pirates won their second straight MSC game Friday night, in front of a packed Bone Yard and very spirited student section. The Pirates started their game with North Harrison, ending the first two Cougar drives with a pair of Eli Daniel interception; however fumbled the ball three times in the first half. One of the fumbles led to a late first quarter Cougar touchdown. The Pirates (3-1 & 2-1 MSC) answered in the second, scoring two touchdowns on passes from Senior QB Tristan Chester to Cameron Hopson and Eli Daniel to take a 14-6 advantage to the halftime break. The Pirate’s Tate Boley received the second half kickoff and returned it 90 yards to open the half with a Charlestown score. North Harrison fumbled on their next two drives, of which the Pirates took full advantage of, scoring on an eight yard TD run by Jarren Anderson and a 22 yard Chester to Garrett Woods toss. The Pirates, leading 34-6 saw the Cougars score to cap a ten play 75 yard drive near the end of the third. Charlestown opened the fourth with a seven play 72 yard drive, scoring when Chester hit Woods again for a touchdown strike of 17 yards. Pirate reserves and Cougar reserves both scored late in the fourth the make the final 47-20 in the home team’s favor. Jarren Anderson led the Pirate rushing stats with 109 yards on thirteen carries, Woods led the Pirate receiving stats with four catches for 77 yards, while Tristan Chester finished 13 of 19 for 201 yards of passing. Eli Daniel was named the Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan Defensive Player of the Game and Tristan Chester was named the Offensive Player of the Game. The Pirates host the Silver Creek Dragons next Friday for Homecoming; in a game that will also honor and recognize the 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Pirate Football Championship team.
The Charlestown Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross-Country teams will hold another fund raiser Yard Sale at the Charlestown High School parking lot on Saturday September 13th from 8am to 1pm. Pirate Nation, come and support the fundraising efforts of these student-athletes! Thanks in advance! Go Pirate XC!!
Charlestown Junior team captain and center back, Jose Alfredo Arredondo, went on a tour of the field as he dribbled through everyone in his way not even five minutes into the game to score a solo goal to open the contest. This was Arredondo’s first goal of the season and he earned it with his play. Less than twenty minutes later Senior forward Brayden Cooksey sent a cross into the box for teammate Michael Navetta, Navetta’s one touch volley shot on goal banged off the cross bar and rebounded perfectly to midfielder Jared Rutkowski who banged home the goal with his head to make the score 2-0 Charlestown at the half. Juniors Zach Higdon and Dillon Gray were able to contribute some solid minutes on the pitch in defense to end the half and would find more playing time later in the game as well. Opening the second half in the first five minutes, Brayden Cooksey again served a nice crossing pass, this time from a corner kick, into the Salem (1-2-2 MSC) box where it found Senior center back Kam Thompson waiting to head it home for his first career goal and make it 3-0. Goalkeeper Nick Wirthwein suffered some early knocks in between the posts but managed to keep a clean sheet throughout the game as Charlestown (1-3 MSC) were able to bounce back from a tough run of losses and re-establish themselves before the final half of the season gets underway.
Charlestown will compete in the Southern Indiana Soccer Classic hosted by Christian Academy of Indiana on Friday and Saturday this weekend before returning home for games against Mitchell and Austin on Monday and Tuesday evenings at Dutch Reis Field. Tuesday’s contest against Austin is Charlestown Youth Soccer Night and the boys hope to welcome all the Charlestown kids playing youth soccer with free admission to the game if they wear their youth soccer jerseys.
The Charlestown Lady Pirate GIRLS Soccer game hosting Jeffersonville has been cancelled for THURSDAY, September 11th at CHS. The game has been moved (postponed) to coincide with next Wednesday’s game with Jeffersonvile, already scheduled at CHS.