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 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.
Boys Soccer: Silver Creek 2 – Charlestown 1
It was a close match throughout, as expected, but it was Silver Creek who found their way onto the scoreboard first off a penalty kick late in the first half from Junior Midfielder Jacob Atkins. Silver Creek held the tenuous lead throughout a good portion of the second half as Charlestown struggled to get the ball in behind their staunch defense. Finally it was a long through ball from Senior Attacking Midfielder Michael Navetta that assisted Junior Trent Wight for a sweet 1v1 against the Dragons keeper that allowed Wight to slot home the equalizer. But the draw was not to be tonight, as the Charlestown goal tender was caught coming too far out off his line and watched helplessly as the ball bounced high up and over his head to Silver Creek Sophomore Merlin Palencia who drove home the game winner for the host Dragons.
Due to extreme heat, Louisville’s Southern High School has decided to cancel both girls (home vs. Southern) and boys (away vs. Southern) soccer matches for tonight, August 28th, 2014.
Varsity: Charlestown 1 (Josh Wray Goal); Corydon Central 2: (Drew Uesseler Goal, Charlestown Own Goal)
The Charlestown Pirates opened conference play at home against Corydon Central. The visiting Panthers were dominated from the outset with the Pirates easily controlling the length of the game and putting shot after shot on goal. However, Senior holding midfielder Josh Wray was the only Pirate who was able to find the goal with just over 30 minutes remaining in the first half. The Charlestown team looked like much the better team, the Panthers were not able to mount a serious attack throughout the entire first half of the game, a desperation crack at the ball from 45 yards out from goal deflected up into the air off of the Charlestown defenders foot and managed to sail all the way back to the Charlestown net where it caught the home team keeper off of his line and unable to recover enough to get little more than a weak punch on the ball that only managed to direct the ball into the top of his own net to level the score 1-1 at half time. The Charlestown domination continued into the second half with shot after shot on goal finding no purchase, and just like the first half, very little in terms of an attack from the visiting Panthers until freshman Drew Uesseler placed the ball past the Charlestown keeper off a set piece to take the lead. Unfortunately the Pirates were unlucky to drop this important conference game and are now left hoping that someone else will beat the Panthers later on in the season and they can stay in the title race.
JV: Charlestown 1 (Demetrio Ortuno); Corydon Central 0
After a 30 minute rain delay that began immediately after the finish to the Varsity contest, the JV squads took the field for 35 minutes of action. Freshman Strike duo Anthony Carey and Jeremiah Paiz were connecting well with fellow freshman center midfielder Demetrio Ortuno and sophomore right wing CJ Ponder. But it was ultimately Ortuno who took control of the ball 20 yards from goal and dribble penetrated through multiple Panther defenders and slotted home his solo goal. This is the first goal of the season for Ortuno and it marks a long awaited return to form for the freshman who has been watched for several seasons coming up through the middle school ranks.
The Charlestown Pirates (2-1) will play next against Southern High School in Louisville, KY on Thursday August 28th before returning home on Tuesday after the long weekend against the Madison Cubs in another Varsity/JV double header.
The Charlestown Boys Soccer team traveled to Henryville High School on Monday evening for a Varsity and JV match. Charlestown (2-0) won the Varsity match 9-2. Seniors Michael Navetta, Colin Martin, and Brayden Cooksey each helped to put points on the board for the Pirates for the second game in a row as the attacking trio dominated the Hornets away from home. Michael Navetta would lead all scorers on the night with a hat trick of 3 goals to go along with his assist. Martin would again chalk up a brace of goals for the second game running as he finished the night with 2 goals and 1 assist himself and Brayden Cooksey worked the left side to great effect with a goal and an assist of his own to spread the attack across all fronts. The Pirates playmaker, Junior Trent Wight, again turned in a phenomenal performance as he contributed 2 assists and a goal from the pocket of the attacking front. Defensively Seniors Josh Waters and Konner Heil worked their spell in the heat and humidity providing good minutes and providing security through the backline. Senior Esdras Hernandez turned in a noteworthy performance of his own as a holding midfielder as he dribbled circles around and through the midfield to create countless chances for his teammates and eventually find the net himself with a solo goal. Freshman holding midfielder Isai Galvan chiseled his name into the record books for the first time as he found the net as well for a solo goal.
The Junior Varsity contest that followed showed freshman striker Jeremiah Paiz notching his first goal of the season for the Pirates and very nearly earning an assist as he played a gorgeous cross to Anthony Carey who narrowly missed the opportunity to score; when a Henryville defender misplayed the ball into their own net, robbing both Carey and Paiz of the statistic. With the Pirate JV squad up 2-0, Sophomore Austin Weatherford scouted out the top of the penalty box to return a rebound into the goal for his first goal of the season. Charlestown JV win 3-0. Junior newcomer Zach Higdon turned in an admirable performance for both the JV squad and the last 20 minutes of the Varsity match in his debut performance, having given up a single goal in the Varsity match and holding a clean sheet in the JV match.
Charlestown 9 (Sr. Colin Martin 2 goals 1 assist, Sr. Michael Navetta 3 goals 1 assist, Sr. Brayden Cooksey 1 goal 1 assist, Jr. Trent Wight 1 goal 2 assists, Fr. Isai Galvan 1 goal, Sr. Esdras Hernandez 1 goal). Henryville 2 (Bailey Reister 1 goal, Christian Smith 1 goal)
JV Charlestown 3 (Fr. Jeremiah Paiz 1 goal and forced an own goal by Henryville with a stellar cross into the box, So. Austin Weatherford 1 goal). JV Henryville 0.
The Pirates face conference rivals Corydon Central on Tuesday the 26th at home with the Varsity kicking off at 6:00 and the JV to follow.
Charlestown High School Pirate Soccer hosted the River City Jaguars on Wednesday evening in a boys soccer contest. The final score found the Pirates on top of the Jaguars 6-4; after a tied halftime score of 3-3. Senior striker Colin Martin lead the Pirates (1-0) with a brace of two goals in the second half. Senior Holding Midfielder Jared Rutkowski found the back of the net in the first half as he caught the Jaguars keeper off his line with a heads up volley shot from 35 yards out. Senior Holding Midfielder Josh Wray also found the back of the goal in a scramble inside the 6 yard box where it seems everyone on the field touched the ball at one point or another off of a broken set piece. Senior Attacking Midfielder Brayden Cooksey opened all scoring from a corner kick in the 1st half that hooked over and around the opposing keeper to find the back post. And perhaps the most impressive goal of the night was a break away shot from Junior Attacking Midfielder Trent Wight, directly from the second half restart. Wight would finish the game with 3 assists and 1 goal, Senior team captain grabbed the assist to Trent as the two switched positions out of halftime to mix things up to great effect. Freshman Striker Jeremiah Paiz also got on the record with his late game assist to Martin. The Pirates next match is on the road at Henryville, Monday the 25th and then back home again on Tuesday as they host conference powerhouse Corydon Central.