Spartans gaining momentum ahead of big week
Kerr-Vance rebounded from a shaky start Friday with 11 unanswered goals while holding Asheville School scoreless for more than 26 minutes en route to an 18-6 win.
KVA improved to 4-3 overall while Asheville dropped to 0-4.
“I was really upset with our performance in the first quarter,” said Spartan coach Scott Burnette. “We got over there and talked and got some people settled down. And got back to doing the things that we do.”
KVA goalie Jordan Smith finished with eight saves.
“I asked him at the end of the first quarter what was wrong, if the sun was in his eyes or what,” said Burnette. “He said, ‘I just had a bad one, I’ll shake it off.’ Man, he came out and responded from then on. He made some big stops.”
Troy Bickel scored two of his five goals for KVA in the second period. The Spartans scored each of its four second period goals in the final three minutes of the frame.
“I thought Bickel controlled the game like a champ,” said Burnette. “We controlled the heck out of the faceoffs all day between Bickel and John Robert Carr. Those guys did a fantastic job.”
Sophomore attacker Sam Fuquay led KVA with six goals.
“He’s a good little player,” said Burnette. “When he’s focused and on, he’s tough to stop.”
The Blues battled back from an early two-goal deficit to take a 4-3 lead with 2:23 to play in the first quarter.
Hayes Griggs found the net four times, including a score on a give-and-go with Franklin Irvin to tie the match with 19.2 seconds to play in the first period. Irvin finished with three assists on the evening.
“We practice that stuff every day,” said Burnette. “It was good to see that the things we were doing in practice we were actually finishing in the games. I hope we can take the momentum into Monday.”
Monday means a match at traditional powerhouse Durham Academy. The Cavaliers are off to a 3-7 start, but have been up against a brutal schedule featuring a few out-of-state opponents.
The Spartans also have an away date at Greensboro Day on Thursday. A win against either Durham Academy or Greensboro Day would put KVA in prime position to earn its first state tournament bid.
“If we win the games I think we’re going to win and we slip up and take one more game from somebody that I think we can take,” said Burnette, “then we’re going to get that last playoff seed.”
“Next week we’re playing the top-shelf teams, added the Spartan coach. “We’ll see what we’re made of.”
KVA 18, ASHEVILLE SCHOOL 6
9:54 — KVA (Darren Doyle, assist Troy Bickel), 0-1
9:18 — AS (Henry Fisher, assist Michael Holowesko), 1-1
8:51 — KVA (Sam Fuquay, assist Luke Pegram), 1-2
7:50 — KVA (Fuquay), 1-3
5:42 — AS (Vincent Hickl, assist Wes Upham), 2-3
4:12 — AS (Hill Gage), 3-3
2:23 — AS (Gage), 4-3
19.2 — KVA (Hayes Griggs, assist Franklin Irvin), 4-4
2:49 — KVA (Pegram, assist James Averette), 4-5
2:45 — KVA (Bickel), 4-6
2:30 — KVA (Bickel), 4-7
1:54 — KVA (Pegram, assist Fuquay), 4-8
11:06 — KVA (Fuquay, assist Irvin), 4-9
10:16 — KVA (Griggs, assist Bickel), 4-10
9:51 — KVA (Griggs), 4-11
9:31 — KVA (Bickel), 4-12
5:01 — KVA (Fuquay, assist Franklin Irvin), 4-13
4:36 — KVA (Bickel), 4-14
9:46 — AS (Tristan Wall), 5-14
9:26 — KVA (Griggs), 5-15
6:48 — AS (Jim Raynor), 6-15
5:39 — KVA (Bickel), 6-16
1:55 — KVA (Fuquay, assist Pegram), 6-17
14.2 — KVA (Fuquay, assist Joseph Everette), 6-18
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