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SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA WELCOMES WEST VIRGINIA CHAOS IN 'COAL CLASH" MATCH
Beckley, West Virginia: The Southern West Virginia King's Warriors (2-4-1) return home after a two-game weekend road trip to host their in-state rivals, the West Virginia Chaos (Charleston) Tuesday night at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m.
The game between the two West Virginia teams will be the second of two regular-season meetings between the King's Warriors and Chaos, and will also be the second game of the "West Virginia Coal Up Clash" sponsored by Little General Stores. The Chaos (4-3-0) took the first game of the two-game series in Charleston on May 21 by a score of 1-0. The winner of the two-game series will receive a beautiful "Coal Cup Clash" trophy to possess for one year. The trophy will be given to the series winner annually.
The King's Warriors were on the defensive much of the game as Southern West Virginia was out-shot 24-11 by the Chaos. West Virginia's Daniel Stratford scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute, while King's Warriors goalkeeper Erik Mozzo made 11 saves.
Southern West Virginia is coming off a two-game weekend series on the road that saw it split two matches. The King's Warriors won their second game in a row and first on the road in three tries when they shut out the Palmetto FC Bantams in Greenwood, South Carolina 2-0 Friday night.
After a scoreless first half, Harry Sherwood and Nago MBengue scored in the second half in the 83rd and 88th minutes respectively. Sherwood's goal was via a penalty kick, while Mbengue's tally came on a breakaway effort. Mozzo notched his third shutout of the season and second in a row in goal, facing 13 shots and making two saves.
Saturday night Southern West Virginia saw its modest two-game winning streak snapped by the Carolina Dynamo 2-0 in Greensboro. Carolina, twenty-year members of the United Soccer Leagues, came up with two second-half goals by David Reittinger and Karo Okiomah, and Dynamo goalie Peyton Ford earned the shutout with seven saves.
Mozzo made four saves and saw his streak of shutout soccer snapped at 270 minutes. Carolina will play the second game of the two-game regular-season series against the King's Warriors in Beckley on Tuesday July 10 at 7:00 p.m.
PLAYER NOTES: Southern West Virginia forward Nago MBengue is now the team's leading scorer with two goals and four points. With Friday's shutout performance and two goals-against effort Saturday, King's Warriors goalie Erik Mozzo lowered his goals-against average to 1.13.
Following Tuesday's home match with the West Virginia Chaos, Southern West Virginia will embark on its second two-game, back-to-back road trip of the season. Saturday, June 23 the King's Warriors will play at Northern Virginia (Fairfax) at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24 Southern West Virginia will travel to face the Real Maryland Monarchs (Rockville) at 6:00 p.m.
Following the June 23 and June 24 road games, the King's Warriors will return to Beckley for their next home game on Friday, June 29 to battle the Fredericksburg Hotspur at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m. Southern West Virginia will also be in action the following night at home, Saturday, June 30, hosting the Palmetto FC Bantams at 7:00 p.m. The gates will open for both games at 6:00 p.m. at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex. Tickets are available in advance, which includes a discount, by calling the King's Warriors at (304) 466-9080. Tickets are also available at the gate at regular game-day prices.