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Area roundup: Chiefs fall to No. 1 North Cross, Key injured
Also: Bassett shuts out Magna Vista in volleyball
Bassett’s Taylor Mabry spikes a ball in the second half against Magna Vista on Thursday at BHS. (Ray Reynolds photo)
Friday, October 5, 2012
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
From Bulletin staff reports
Carlisle School’s boys soccer team lost a physical match to top-ranked North Cross 2-0 on Wednesday in Roanoke.
To make matters worse for the Chiefs, last year’s Virginia Independent Conference Player of the Year, Preston Key, was injured seriously in the second half.
Key went up to contest a ball in the air and was undercut by a North Cross player, falling, as assistant coach Richard Hall estimated, from about four to five feet onto his back.
Key had to be carried off the field and ice was applied to his back. Carlisle head coach Enda Crehan said Key was in a lot of pain, and the severity of his condition is still uncertain.
“He had trouble just moving,” Crehan said.
Hall said Carlisle (10-2) was given eight yellow cards and North Cross two yellow cards in one of the most physical games he’s ever seen.
Key’s injury wasn’t the only disappointing aspect of the game for the Chiefs. Crehan said the Chiefs missed a handful of opportunities and even had a goal called back for offsides in the first half.
The disappointing aspect of the goal that was called back was that the Chiefs’ Nick Clark was flagged for offsides on a throw-in, which is not a call that can be made in that situation.
“That was ridiculous,” Crehan said. “You can’t be offside on a throw in.
“You’re watching him, and (Clark) is so quick, but you can’t be offsides on a throw-in.”
Despite the missed opportunity, Carlisle went into halftime tied with North Cross 0-0.
The Chiefs and North Cross (12-0) battled in the second half before Carlisle gave up a goal to Ezra Zigarwi with about 17 minutes to play.
North Cross scored again in the final two minutes when Carlisle was pushing up to tie the game. North Cross’ Fortune Sibanda scored the goal.
Despite the earlier offside call, Crehan said the Chiefs missed opportunities they should have capitalized on late in the game. One chance was a rebound off the keeper that Carlisle couldn’t get to. Then later, Carlisle held back on a breakaway opportunity for fear of being flagged offsides.
“We had plenty of opportunities near the end,” Crehan said. “Shoulda, coulda, woulda, you know? We will probably see them again in the VIC tournament.”
Carlisle doesn’t have long before another tough test. The Chiefs will play undefeated Blue Ridge (4-0) on Tuesday at the Smith River Sports Complex.
“We will learn from this loss,” Crehan said. “I still think we’re a good team.”
Magna Vista 0
The Bassett volleyball team brought its Piedmont District record above .500 with a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-20) sweep of Magna Vista on Thursday night at BHS.
The Bengals (7-3, 2-1 PD) got off to a quick start in the first and third sets and held on by a comfortable margin in each of those, but the Warriors (5-6, 1-3 PD) nearly extended the match with a strong second set.
Bassett rallied late in the set for a 26-24 win before closing out the sweep in the third.
Jordan Joyce led BHS with six kills, four digs and four service aces in the match, and Madison Haynes finished with five kills. Also for Bassett, Taylor Mabry record four kills, two digs and a block.
Bassett will travel to Martinsville for its next match on Tuesday.