The Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors, winners of two straight, will close out a three-game home stand this Saturday when they host the Virginia Beach Piranhas at 7 p.m. in soccer action at Carter Field at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.
The King’s Warriors have jumped back into the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League South Atlantic Division playoff picture by picking up six points from their two-game winning streak.
“I think we are coming together as a team and it really showed in the last few games,” said King’s Warriors leading scorer Billy Forbes.
Southern West Virginia (3-4-0) has hit the halfway point of the season and has seven big games remaining in its attempt to secure a playoff spot. The top two teams in the PDL’s South Atlantic Division qualify for the postseason. The King’s Warriors trail second place West Virginia by only five points, and Southern West Virginia has four games in hand on the Chaos. A USL team gets three points for a win and one for a tie.
Southern West Virginia is coming off a 3-1 home triumph over the West Virginia Chaos this past Wednesday, a win which gave it the 2013 “Coal Cup Clash” series trophy. The King’s Warriors defeated the Chaos in two of the three meetings between the teams this season.
Forbes, Curt Hays and Zari Prescod all scored for Southern West Virginia, while first-year goalkeeper Stephen Moffitt secured his first victory of the 2013 campaign, facing eight shots and making two saves.
Saturday’s contest between the King’s Warriors and the Virginia Beach Piranhas will be the first in a three-game 2013 season series, and the only one at home. The Paranhas are just two points ahead of SWV in the standings and Saturday’s contest will be a key South Atlantic Division scrap. The Piranhas (3-2-2) are playing good soccer, and also own a 1-0 victory over the division’s powerful Carolina Dynamo. Last season SWV went 2-0-0 versus Virginia Beach. The Piranhas are coming off a 1-1 draw at home last Saturday to the West Virginia Chaos.
“Saturday’s game will be one of those games we know we have to go out there and play for it, and we plan to do just that,” said Forbes.
SWV coach Scott Reitnour also gave his take on the importance of the Virginia Beach matchup. “As we move forward into our game on Saturday against Virginia Beach, we anticipate an outstanding match from the Piranhas,” said Reitnour. “They are organized, athletic and well-coached. At this point we are focusing almost exclusively on the quality of our own effort on the pitch. Results are an afterthought; they are a byproduct of the work we put in. The only team we will play the rest of the season is ourselves. Success for our team will be defined by playing to the Warriors.”