By: Rodney Miller
Photography by John Holstein
Independence earned their first win of the season by handing Scott a 5-3 loss in Madison. The Patriots two goals scored in the first half proved to be the difference in the contest, since both teams scored 3 goals each in the second half.
Independence scored goals at the 3:37 mark by a long solo shot from near mid-field and again at the 36:29 mark of the first half from the left side of the goal after receivign the assist from junior Anthony Scammel, and both were scored by the Patriot’s senior Issac Cales. They had 7 shots on goal the first half with Cales taking 6 of those and Scammel took the remaining shot. The Skyhawks were only able to take a total of three shots on goal in the beginning period.
The second half saw a change in opportunities for both teams with Scott sinking 3 goals on 6 shots while Independence made 3 goals by taking 5 shots. Scott fought back by tying the game at 2-2 with a long shot goal at 9:18 into the second half, from near mid field by freshman defender Trent Cook over the head of the goal keeper, then again with another goal made on a Michael Miller shot on a breakaway by receiving a pass from teammate freshman Wade McComas at 12:33 into the half.
The Patriots retaliated with a goal with 19:21 remaining when Scott defenders were clearing the ball from the front of the goal and a ball took a bounce off charging Patriot Caleb Kissiah to ricochet into the goal, making the score 3-2. Independence scored again with 16:57 on the clock when Cales scored his third goal of the night by taking a pass from Emily Fedukovich and shooting it into the net for a 4-2 Patriot lead.
The Skyhawks continued their pursuit when freshman midfielder Michael Miller took and assist from fellow freshman Zach Lester up the middle and made the shot from about 20 yards out past the defending goalkeeper, bringing the Skyhawks within one at 4-3 with 4:54 left in the game.
Independence finished their scoring night at the 2:35 mark as the Patriot’s Scammel received a corner kick to deflect it in to make the final score 5-3. The Patriots go to 1-0 on the season while the Skyhawks drop to 1-3.
Next up for Scott, they will be traveling to Beckley, WV to take on Shady Spring HS, Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.