Monday, September 18, 2006
By Clark Washington
When the Cherokee Chiefs boys' soccer team arrived at Eastern High School, you could see how confident they were before the start of their game against the Vikings. As a team playing as a single unit, Cherokee does possess the talent to defeat any opponent they compete against on the field. But so does the Vikings. During the first half of this game, both teams aggressively were determined to win every ball and setup for a chance to score. Eastern’s Harry Middleton would get his foot on a loose ball in front of the net and score the eventual game winner. Both teams continued their physical play during the second half, but the Vikings would walk away with the 1-0 victory.
Back and forth the two teams went looking to gain the corner and set up an opportunity to get that first goal of the game. The Chiefs had the first scoring chance midway through the first half but that shot went wide right. That woke up the Vikings and a minute later, keeper BJ Merriam came up with a couple of saves. Later on in the half and with 2:28 remaining Middleton fought off his defender and sent in a rocket shot off the fingertips of the keeper for the one goal lead. The second half was just about the same intensity as the first, but the Vikings would hold onto their lead. Keeper Merriam turned away 10 shots while Zac VanFassen had 15 saves for the Chiefs.