Huntington St. Joe takes down South Charleston in soccer
HUNTINGTON — One goal was all Huntington St. Joe needed to even its season record Tuesday with a boys soccer win over South Charleston at the Huntington YMCA Kennedy Center.
Junior defender Austin Wiles got a shot past South Charleston goalie Jafet Rivera in the 14th minute for the only score in St. Joe’s 1-0 victory.
Wiles found his shot, his fifth goal of the season, when Stewart Perry took a shot from the right wing that hit Rivera. The goalkeeper could not hang on to the shot and Wiles got his chance.
“I followed (Perry) figuring the shot would either come off the side or the middle,” Wiles said. “It ricocheted right to me.”
The rest of the game was up to the Huntington St. Joe defense.
Fighting Irish goalkeeper Deuce Vance had eight saves in earning the shutout of South Charleston (4-14-2). Vance was under pressure nearly the entire first half by South Charleston’s offense.
The Black Eagles out shot the Fighting Irish 10-3 in the first period, but St. Joe limited South Charleston to just three shots on goal.
“South Charleston is a good team with good skill players but they just weren’t able to find the back of the goal,” St. Joe head coach Chuck Karnes said.
“We came into this season not knowing where our goals would come from. We got fortunate to clean up a mess down in front of the goal.”
With the win Huntington St. Joe evened its season record at 6-6-1.
Although St. Joe, a Class A team, has upcoming games against Huntington High (Oct. 9) at home and at Spring Valley (Oct. 11), South Charleston marked the first Irish contest this season against a Class AAA opponent.