By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain scored three goals in each half and breezed to a 6-1 non-conference soccer victory over Brevard on Aug. 30 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
“This is a very good Brevard team,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “I felt we played well and made them look worse than they are. We exploited their weaknesses and neutralized their strengths.”
He said keys to the win were controlling the midfield and containing Brevard’s Townsend Dierauf.
“I was proud of our midfielders,” Brown said. “Brevard wasn’t able to create much. We moved the ball around as well as we have in a long time. That’s a testament to our personnel.”
Mathews opened the scoring for the Mustangs (5-0) at the 16:30 mark with an assist from Billy Ramirez.
“It was a great play from Billy,” the coach said. “The ball was in the midfield and headed toward a defender. He slid in and poked it to Ben, who was off to the races and finished while being one on one with the keeper.”
Mathews made it 2-0 at the 18:44 mark when his free kick from near the left corner of the penalty box sailed over the wall and into the net.
The halftime margin was 3-0 after Sam Hudson’s goal at the 26:39 mark.
“He was able to muscle off a defender and won the ball and took it all the way,” Brown said. “He dribbled the ball 30 to 35 yards with guys on his tail and was able to push it past the goalkeeper.”
The margin reached 4-0 at the 62:47 mark when Camden Myers scored with an assist from Gabe Kinner.
“Gabe played a beautiful through ball and found Camden streaking down the left side,” Brown said. “Camden took a couple of touches and shot from about 16 yards out.”
Juan Guerrero’s penalty kick after a foul in the box put SM up 5-0 at the 70:13 mark.
The Blue Devils averted the shutout at the 70:46 mark when Emanuel Villa scored with an assist from Dierauf.
“We had shuffled a couple of things around in the back line, and Dierauf stole the ball,” Brown said.
With just 1.4 seconds left Silas McPherson scored for the Mustangs off of Mitchell Russotti’s assist.
“Mitchell did a great job of playing the ball across the mouth of the goal,” the coach said. “Silas scored from just inside the goal box.”
SM dominated shots 24-7. Carson Seagraves made two saves for the Mustangs, and Conner Fennessy had eight for Brevard.
JVs resume play
Playing for the first time in two weeks, the Mustang JVs defeated Brevard 3-2. Goals were scored by Jason Waliezer, Sawyer Snider and Eduin Flores. Flores and Gavin Baer had assists. Mathias Saunooke made one save.
“Overall, I was very impressed with the team,” Coach Abby Buenting said. “We came out with a vision to help each other succeed, and the effort the men put into the game really showed. This game was a tremendous confidence booster for everyone.”
The Mustang JVs are 2-1 after a 1-0 win last Thursday at Franklin Cesar Garcia scored the goal with an assist from Jason Waliezer.
Saunooke had three saves.
“Franklin is a challenging and tough team,” Buenting said. “In addition the grass turf changes the dynamics of the ball movement. Smoky Mountain was able to adapt to both of these elements, stay focused and work towards a common goal.”
Two games were called off last week due to COVID-19 issues with opponents. There is no word on whether the home contests with Madison and Blue Ridge will be made up.