Vevay- To boldly go where no Shawe team has gone before. Shawe Memorial won its first ever regional boys soccer match at Switzerland County Thursday with a dominating 4-0 semifinal effort over the Salem Lions. Offensively, the Hilltoppers made several great runs and the net and the defense was outstanding.
“It was our most complete game of the season,” said Shawe head coach Kevin Fry.
The game started off slowly as the first shot wasn’t taken until six minutes had expired. That was a high, near end line kick by Shawe that was of no threat to the net.
The first 10 minutes were mostly played on the Hilltopper half of the midfield stripe. Salem made one decent run but never got a shot off. The Shawe defensive unit did a nice job in controlling the front line of Salem for the entire first half.
But with just under 30 minutes to go in the first stanza the Lions did have a good opportunity. A ball was headed over to junior Dustin Day about 10 yards from the far post. He had a clean look at the goal but his ball hit the right outside part of the net.
Shawe quickly reversed the field though as senior William Craig forwarded the ball up to junior Joe Nchia. Nichia hit a crossing right to left shot that found the left corner of the net to give Shawe a 1-0 with 28:48 to play in the half.
The Hilltoppers almost scored again right after that. Junior Jesse Ball made a nice lateral cross to classmate Taylor Rhoten. Rhoten launched a firm header attempt but it was squeezed by Lions’ junior keeper Derek Catlett.