Mauricio Hernandez

Smoky Mountain’s Mauricio Hernandez possesses the ball in a 3-0 victory over Pisgah earlier this season.

By Carey Phillips


Smoky Mountain scored all of the goals in the first half and picked up a 3-0 Mountain Seven Conference soccer victory over Pisgah on Oct. 6 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.

“We started fast and got two quick goals,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “We settled in and kind of coasted it out, but we got out of there with a win. We played well and created some good opportunities. We just could not finish some of them.”

Erick Flores opened the scoring with an assist from Mitchell Russotti at the 6:04 mark.

“It was a through ball off a give and go,” Brown said. “Erick was able to finish from just inside the 6-yard box.”

A free kick from 20 yards out by Ben Mathews made it 2-0 at the eight-minute mark. Mathews completed the scoring when he shot from 25 yards out at the 29:57 mark with an assist from Mitchell Russotti.

The Mustangs (10-3-2, 3-2-2) held a 17-4 advantage in shots. Nathan Porter made three saves, and Carson Seagraves had one. Alex Almaraz made five for the Bears.

“I’m glad we kept our composure and let the scoreboard talk for us even when things got a little rough out there,” Brown said.