TVCS falls to Grace Christian, 6-2
This game, played at Calvary Baptist’s ground, began under an overcast sky that threatened rain, but the clouds cleared very quickly and most of the match was played with bright sunshine in temperatures that soared into the high 80s.
When the game began, the ball stayed mostly in the middle third of the field with neither goalkeeper called on to make a worthwhile save in the first 10 minutes.
Teays Valley Christian forced a corner in the third minute but the kick was too long and went out for a throw in from which Grace put a long ball over the top of the defense only to see their attack caught offside.
By the 10th minute Landon Dodgion on the left wing and Jarred Porter in the center were beginning to assert themselves for Grace and Steven Stuart in the TVCS goal was called on the make the first save from Porter who broke free and fired a low shot from the center of the penalty area.
This was a taste of what was to come and, following a TVCS attack, the ball broke free to Colin Dodgion who shot from the right hand side of the box to score in the top corner. TVCS 0 — Grace Christian 1.
Grace then staged a series of attacks with Jarred Porter shooting from the right only to see his effort rebound off the left post of the goal.
In the 20th minute the seemingly tireless Misha Saidi won the ball in midfield for TVCS, beat two Grace players and fired a 20-yard shot that the Grace goalkeeper did well to deflect out for a corner.
From the resulting kick it was again Saidi who rose in the middle of the box only to see his headed ball slip just over the bar.
Eight minutes later, Grace forced a corner which was sent high into the penalty area. Several players tussled for it and it was headed clear by a TVCS defender but only as far as Grant Webb, the Grace No. 20, who sent it straight back into the net to make the score TVCS 0 — Grace 2.
The visitors continued to press and Steven Stuart in the Teays Valley goal made three good saves before Grace won another corner.
The ball came in high to the near post where No. 12, Alex Childers, easily turned it into the net with his head to make the score TVCS 0 — Grace 3.
Undaunted, the home side continued to press and in the last minute of the half Grant Goad ran the ball down the left wing and into the area only to be pushed over by Grace’s Moses Stepp.
The offense was seen by the referee who blew for a penalty kick to TVCS.
Cole Young took the kick and calmly placed the ball in the bottom right corner of the net to make the half time score TVCS 1 — Grace 3.
The second half started well for the home team with Sydney Schliesser winning the ball on the halfway line and sliding it through to Misha Saidi, who ran for goal only to see his shot saved. Two minutes later his persistence paid off when Triston Yoak won the ball in the defensive half and sent it over the top of the Grace defense for Saidi to run onto and slot home. TVCS 2 — Grace 3.
Following that, the game became end-to-end with both teams staging attacks that were thwarted by the opposing defense, with Micah Gillespie being particularly effective for the home team.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Isaac Perry, No. 10 for Grace, fell spectacularly in the TVCS penalty area. The referee waved play on but apparently Perry did not like the decision and earned the first yellow card of the game.
Four minutes later the visitors went further ahead when a throw in on the left was crossed to the Grace No. 2, Micah Carpenter who calmly hit the ball home.
By now both sets of players were feeling the heat with TVCS, who had the smaller squad and fewer substitutes, seemingly affected most.
Despite this, Keebler Mata for the home team won the ball in his own half and ran the length of the field with it, avoiding several tackles only to see his final shot saved.
Misha Saidi had two shots saved and Grace continued to press, especially through Isaac Perry who scored twice to make the final score TVCS 2 — Grace Christian 6.
Perry’s two goals and two assists made him Grace’s best player while Gillespie in defense, Young in midfield and Saidi, who had a late attempt rebound off a post, shared the honors for TVCS.
Shortly before the end, following a tussle on the touchline that resulted in a Grace throw in, Triston Yoak of TVCS also received a yellow card.