The King’s Warriors have had a busy 2 1/2 week stretch.
They avenged an early season 3-2 loss to Appalachian Bible College with a 3-1 win at home. Juan Calix-Herrera scored a brace and B.J. Spurgin scored the final goal
The curse of Oak Hill Academy again reared its head on Sept. 29. Caleb Okes scored a beautiful goal to give the King’s Warriors a 1-0 lead. Defensive errors allowed Oak Hill to slip in two goals in the final minutes to claim a 2-1 win.
Mercer Christian Academy came to Hilldale Community Park on Sept. 30. Mercer coach Mark Patton displayed great sportsmanship and leadership when he refused to play up on the nine man King’s Warriors. The 9-on-9 game proved to be very spirited, ending in a 3-3 tie. The King’s Warriors goals were scored by Chance Blevins, Caleb Okes, and Andrew Smith.
The curse continued when the King’s Warriors traveled to Oak Hill Academy on Oct. 5. Traveling with only 7 players, 4 Oak Hill students volunteered to fill the holes. Chance Blevins scored two goals to keep the King’s Warriors in the game, but Oak Hill knocked in three goals in the second half to claim the 5-2 win.
First-year team Lewisburg Baptist Academy came to the Warriors on Oct. 7. They, too, played down to nine against the short handed Warriors. Chance Blevins had a field day with 4 goals. Caleb Okes and Ailena Bezek each added one for the 6-2 win.
The King’s Warriors played Greater Beckley a fourth time on Oct. 10. The two teams have developed a great rapport over the season and look forward to more collaboration in the future. This contest was close, with the Cavaliers jumping out to a 2-0 lead before the Warriors started to claw their way back. But come back they did, and the game was knotted 3-3 by half time. It was all King’s Warriors the second half, as they went on to win 5-3. Caleb Okes and Eli Blevins each scored a brace, while Ailena Bezek scored in her second straight game.
Mt. Mission came to Hilldale Community Park for the final home game of the fall, 2019 season. Two Mt. Mission players and their coach, Ermias Mekonnen, played with the Warriors. Both teams and all the coaches looked at the game as a NACA prep, and it was an offensive roller coaster. Caleb Ihimbazwe scored a hat trick for the Warriors, while Mekonnen and Chance Blevins each added a goal. Mt. Mission matched each and every goal, and even though the King’s Warriors missed several point blank opportunities, the game ended a 5-5 tie.
KWSC has one more contest playing away with the Knights of New Castle, VA.