Mustangs top Hendersonville in soccer action, 2-0
By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain shut out Hendersonville 2-0 Oct. 2 in a Mountain Six Conference soccer game at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
“I’m very pleased with any win but in particular this win,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “We knew this was going to be a dog fight. Hendersonville is historically a perennial powerhouse.”
The Bearcats were conference co-champions last season.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our guys,” he added. “We played a full 80 minutes. Hendersonville was very physical and won everything in the air in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime and figured out some of those intangibles that we can control.”
After a scoreless first half, Dawson Karup put the Mustangs (10-4-1, 2-0) on the board 1:12 into the second period.
“Dawson had the shot of the season,” Brown said. “He collected a rebound from about 25 yards on the right side. He took it off the bounce and hit a strike to the upper 90. It glanced off the post and into the net.”
Billy Ramirez made it 2-0 at the 56:47 mark with assists from Karup and Ryan Waliezer.
Karup started the sequence with a corner kick.
“The guys executed the play,” Brown said. “Ryan collected it and pushed it to Billy right in front of the net.”
SM had a 9-8 edge in shots. Zeb Sink made six saves for the Mustangs, and Kai Ponder had three for the Bearcats.
The Mustang JVs are 8-2 after a 2-1 win. Skyler Sutton scored both goals in the second half, and Dylan Farmer had an assist
SM won despite taking just four shots to Hendersonville’s 17. Carson Seagraves made five saves for the Mustangs.
“This was a great win to start our conference season,” Coach Jonathan Parsons said. “Hendersonville came into the game undefeated with some really impressive wins. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We felt like we were prepared. We implemented our game plan, and it worked. That was playing good defense, looking for opportunities to go forward and letting Skyler do a lot of work.”