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Cabell Midland finally defeats Irish, 4-2

August 26, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Huntington St. Joe outscored Cabell Midland, 2-1, Saturday in a loss to the Knights in boys high school soccer at the YMCA Kennedy Center.

How can that be? The game was the resumption of an Aug. 18 contest suspended by lightning. Cabell Midland led 3-0 when the game was halted with 2:20 left in the first half. Play resumed Saturday and the Knights (3-0) held on for the 4-2 victory.

Cabell Midland coach Brian McNeel said he was pleased with how his young team with four freshmen starters handled the split game.

“We have three or four freshmen who start, but they have very good talent,” McNeel said. “Our seniors do a good job leading the way and our upperclassmen who aren’t seniors also are very involved in leading our team.”

McNeel warned his team against being overconfident with a 3-0 lead on goals by Simon Anton, Omar Baryun and Garrett Shields. The Knights heeded their coach’s advice and came out strong, with Ryan Holmes heading in a shot off an assist by Shields to stake Cabell Midland to a 4-0 lead.

The Irish (1-1), also a young squad, rallied as Max Adkins scored a goal and Jacob Jarrell added another off a penalty kick to set the score.

“We won today’s portion, but lost the aggregate,” Huntington St. Joe coach Chuck Karnes said.

Knights senior defender Chandler Morton said his team won because of leadership from the sideline.

“Brian McNeel is the best coach,” Morton said. “All three of them (including assistants Jack DeFazio and Gabe McKee) are.”

Cabell Midland returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodrow Wilson, the start of a three-game road trip next week that also has the Knights at George Washington and Parkersburg South. The Irish entertain Russell at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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