Callaway finds the net

By Kevin Eckleberry

March 9, 2014

In their Region 4-AAA opener against Central-Carroll, the Callaway Cavaliers had a hard time getting anything going, and they lost 3-0.

On Friday, the Cavaliers were back on the field for their second region soccer match, and this time they had no trouble finding the net.

In a game with plenty of offensive action, the Cavaliers ended up beating the Chapel Hill Panthers 6-5 in a game decided on penalty kicks.

The game was tied 4-4 at the end of regulation, and both team scored one goal in overtime.

It came down to penalty kicks, where each team is awarded five attempts.

Callaway made all five of its penalty kicks, and Chapel Hill only made three, so the victory went to the home-standing Cavaliers, who are now 1-1 in the region.

“It’s huge,” Callaway coach Jake Hembree said. “Last Friday night, we kind of faltered a little bit. We went to Central-Carroll, and just didn’t play our game, and ended up getting beat 3-0.”

The Cavaliers (5-3-1 overall) will face the Troup Tigers at Callaway Stadium today, and they’ll visit Jackson on Thursday for their next region game.

Hembree believes if the Cavaliers keep winning their region games, they’ll be in great shape.

“I’ve got a good feeling Central-Carroll is going to get beat by Chapel Hill. If that happens, we’ll have a three-way tie (for first),” Hembree said.

The coach added that “if we win out, we’ve pretty much clinched a home playoff game. We have a couple more region games. It’s looking good for us.”

In Friday’s game, the Cavaliers got a pair of goals from Cody Tucker, and Kevin Craig, Kyle Jenkins and Eric Mullis each had one goal.

Cameron Spinks, Jenkins, Mullis, Craig and Tucker were each successful on their penalty kicks.

Josh Weddle had some big saves in goal for the Cavaliers.

In Friday’s girls’ game, Chapel Hill rolled to a 14-0 victory.

The Callaway and Troup girls will play at 5:30 p.m. today, with the boys’ game to follow at 7:30 p.m.