Cougar boys soccer rides win streak
With its most recent victory, a 1-0 defeat of Forest Hills on Oct. 3, the Central Academy of Technology & Arts boys soccer team has rattled off seven consecutive wins. As a result, the Cougars are climbing the Class 1A state rankings as they enter their final seven regular-season games.
The Cougars, who are 10-3-1 overall and 7-0 in the Rocky River 1A/2A conference, have ascended to eighth place in the state rankings, according to Eurosportscoreboard.com. They struggled to a 3-3-1 mark to open the season, as they were outscored 22-16 during that stretch, including an 8-0 loss to Marvin Ridge on Aug. 30. However, the CATA defense has allowed just four goals during the recent seven-game win streak, and the offense has averaged more than four goals per game.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Kenny has 96 saves on the year and has recorded four shutouts. Sophomore Cameron Kaziah (eight saves, one shutout) and senior Joey Douglas (13 saves) have also spent considerable time in net for the Cougars.
While the defense has improved, so, too, has the offense – the Cougars have tallied 30 goals during their win streak. On offense, eight of the top 10 scorers are underclassmen and, in all, Central Academy has 13 sophomores on its roster.
Junior Ryan Grigston (16 goals, five assists) leads the Cougars in scoring, but 18 players have contributed either a goal or an assist on the season.
Senior Jaime Demera ranks second on the team (four goals, eight assists) and is followed by sophomores Shane Bishop (six goals, two assists), Lukas Duemmeler (three goals, five assists), Brian Price (three goals, two assists) and Justin Montgomery (one goal, five assists).
The Cougars have become more consistent on both sides of the ball, and have opened a two-game lead over Monroe in the conference standings. The Cougars defeated the Redhawks, 3-0, on Sept. 26, and the teams will meet again on Oct. 22.
Central Academy has two home games scheduled for next week: a Monday, Oct. 8, match against West Stanley and a Wednesday, Oct. 10, showdown with Piedmont.
ESPN 730 to air Checkers games
The Charlotte Checkers announced that ESPN 730 will be the team’s flagship radio and online station for the 2012-13 East Coast Hockey League season.
All Checkers regular-season and playoff games will be available at www.ESPN730.com through the “Listen Live” stream and through the TuneIn Radio app for smartphones and tablets. All broadcasts will include a 15-minute pre-game show. Additionally, more than 40 games will be broadcast on the radio (AM 730).
Checkers season tickets and mini plans for 2012-13 are now available and start as low as $125. For more information, visit www.gocheckers.com for more information or call 704-342-4423.