Hat trick by Charles leads Midland in shutout of HHS
ONA — Cabell Midland and Huntington High battled to a scoreless tie through one half Tuesday before the Knights rallied for a 4-0 girls soccer victory at the Castle.
Emilie Charles recorded a three-goal hat trick to lead Cabell Midland, including the first goal after halftime to end the tie. Four goals surrendered by Huntington High, however, did not reflect the play of Faith Worrell who played her first full game in goal for the Highlanders in two years.
Worrell recorded 16 saves, but was under a constant barrage by Cabell Midland. The Knights had 22 shots to Huntington High’s six.
Charles finally got a shot past Worrell at 46:56 to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Goals became more frequent as the game wore on and Cabell Midland exhausted the younger Highlanders.
Cabell Midland added three more goals in the final 10 minutes. Haley Martin made it 2-0 on a goal assisted by Charles. Charles then recorded two more in the final five minutes to complete her hat trick.
“All the credit goes to my team for getting me great balls,” Charles said.
Harper True assisted Charles on her second goal and Charles put the final shot
in to set the final score and complete her three-goal night.
For Cabell Midland, the win and pace of play reflected where the team wants to be with five games remaining on the schedule before sectional play begins Oct. 15.
“We’re still hoping to hit our peak this season,” said True, one of six seniors on the team.
“Our defense has come a long way,” said fellow senior Gabby Hammers. “We lost a lot of good seniors off last year’s (Class AAA state champion) team so this year we had to work much harder.”
The Cabell Midland defense had full control against Huntington High. The Highlanders managed only six shots for the game and only four of those were on goal.
“It was real stressful,” Worrell said. “I play travel ball with several of them, so I know how they shoot the ball, so I was ready for them.”
Worrell started in place of the injured Jordan Maynard, who said she would also have to miss Thursday’s scheduled game against George Washington but should be ready to return for the Mountain State Cabell Midland’s Harper True makes a throw-in during a girls high school soccer match Tuesday at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.
Athletic Conference play-in game Oct. 4.
Cabell Midland next plays Saturday at Parkersburg.