RED JACKET – The 2015 Mingo Central boys’ soccer team finished the season without a trophy or banner to hang at the school, but not all victories can be displayed in a case.
The Miners finished with a record of 6-9-3, this is the most wins in a single season that the developing program has ever recorded. Since the establishment of Mingo Central High School the soccer program has struggled with developing their own report against neighboring programs that have been around for longer. Most of the players never had the opportunity to play the game of soccer before they entered high school.
Despite the players inexperience two standouts crossed some milestones this season. Noah Rhodes and Garrett Moore, the number one and number two leading scorers on the team, finished the season with over 40 career goals.
Moore ended his senior season as a Miner soccer player this year. He finished the season as the school’s all-time leading scorer. During the second round of the sectional/regional tournament against Bluefield Moore scored his 50th career goal as a Miner.
Moore was not the lone player to break through some record barriers this year. Mikey Evans recorded the longest goal in school history after making a 41-yard goal in a 3-3 tie against Poca High School.
The 2015 Miners soccer team got their names cemented in the MCHS record books by winning the school’s first ever tournament game after defeating Independence High School by a score of 9-2.
Head Coach Jarred Lester stated “I am very proud of this fine group of young men. They set the bar high for the future teams that will follow. We will lose six great seniors this year but have a very skilled core of starters returning next season. The future looks bright for this developing program of ours.”
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected]