PDL Game Report
Thursday, June 4, 2015
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors stayed unbeaten and pulled to within two points of first place in the PDL's South Atlantic Division with a 4-0 victory against the SC United Bantams on Thursday night at the East River Soccer Complex in Bluefield.
The King's Warriors (3-0-1, 10pts) vaulted out to a 3-0 halftime lead on goals by Sam Blackman, Yinka Lawal and Maurizio Costa. Southern West Virginia added one more goal for good measure late in the game on a deflection by Josh Bender.
Southern West Virginia outshot SC United (1-2-1, 4pts) 18-4 for the match. The King's Warriors remain undefeated at the East River Soccer Complex with a 6-0-3 mark in PDL play dating back to last season.
"The guys really worked hard at practice this week, and I expected a good day for us because we looked the part all week," said King's Warriors Head Coach John Miglarese. While Miglarese has pleased with the four-goal outburst, something else pleased him more. "I'm more happy with two shutouts in a row than I am anything else," he said. "I think we're really starting to defend well and limit chances, our goalkeeping has been good, so, yeah, it's a good result."
The King's Warriors player who was happiest Thursday night was Lawal, who had been snakebitten in the first three games of the season. Thursday night finally brought his first goal of the season, and a boost in confidence.
"The first goal is always the most important goal for a striker," said Lawal. "It's been a long time coming and it feels great, and I know plenty more are going to follow."
The King's Warriors' win pulled them within two points of the first-place Charlotte Eagles in the South Atlantic Division. Charlotte was idle on Thursday.
The victory also kept two impressive streaks alive. In addition to its nine-game undefeated streak at the East River Soccer Complex, Southern West Virginia has also gone 10 games without a loss in the PDL overall. The King's Warriors are 7-0-3 dating back to last season as they look to push for their first opportunity at a playoff berth.
Southern West Virginia will close out its current three-game home stand Saturday at the East River Soccer Complex when Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC come to town for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff. SC United continues its road trip on Saturday as it visits the West Virginia Chaos at 7:30 p.m. ET.