ROGERSVILLE — It’s official. The Chiefs drew first blood.
In the inaugural soccer match between Cherokee and Volunteer, it was the Chiefs who came away with a 4-0 shutout of their archrivals.
And to top things off, it was the first ever soccer win for Cherokee (1-2-0).
“It was good to get a W,” said Cherokee coach Patrick Arbo. “We’ve been a second-half team all year so it was really exciting to see them get after it right from the first whistle.”
The Chiefs opened the contest with the rarest of goals. It came on a throw in just two minutes into the match.
Cherokee freshman Matt Seals stood on the touch line and threw the ball over the head of Volunteer goalkeeper Alec Bolton.
When the ball settled into the back of the net, the Chiefs had stunned the Falcons (0-3-0).
“I was really just trying to get the ball to one of my teammates and it went in the goal,” said Seals, a freshman. “I was as surprised as anyone.”
Four minutes later, Cherokee struck again. This time, Chris Buruca-Cruz scored on an assist from teammate Derian Cruz.
The Chiefs continued to send shot after shot towards the Volunteer goal. All told, Cherokee had 20 shots in the first half with 10 shots on goal.
For complete coverage of the game see the March 29 edition of the Times-News.