The King’s Warriors Soccer Club welcomed Oak Hill Academy to their home field on April 13 and claimed a rare victory over the Virginia school. Chance Blevins scored what would prove to be the game winner in the first five minutes of the game. Joe Higgins added an insurance goal later in the half. The defense, anchored by goalkeeper Jack Spurgin, kept a clean sheet to seal the 2-0 victory.
On April 20, the King’s Warriors went to Beckley to take on Beckley power Legacy Football Club. The Warriors could not mount much of an offensive attack against the older, faster Legacy team. The defense played superbly and gave up only one goal in a very respectable 1-0 loss.
The Warriors then returned to Rural Retreat, VA, on April 25 to play the local high school team. Many players got to experiment with new positions in the wide open game that ended in a 7-4 victory. Seven different King’s Warriors scored, including Chance Blevins, Eli Blevins, Matt Smith, Josh Mullins, Heath Dunn, Andrew Smith, and Caleb Okes. A shortened “min-game” followed to allow the Rural Retreat team to get field time for their extensive roster. The Warriors posted a 3-1 win with goals from Aaron Smith, Jack Spurgin, and Tanner Puckett.
May 6 featured a game with players from the Athens/Princeton area. This was more of a learning/building scrimmage to help develop players; the game featured the play of several coaches and assistant coaches to help the players. The Mercer County players played a very physical and aggressive game, but despite creating multiple chances, failed to find the back of the net. The King’s Warriors were more successful on the offensive end, posting a 7-0 win with goals from Caleb Okes, Matt Smith, Juan Calix-Herrera, B.J. Spurgin, and three from Justin Young.
The Kings’ Warriors next take on the Ripley Soccer Club at Hilldale Community Park on Saturday, May 18, at 1:00pm.