The Lincolnton Wolvesâ€™ soccer team started the season with a convincing 7-1 victory over Bandys Wednesday.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Andy Grant, the Wolves dominated the shots on goal category, out shooting the Trojans 18-4.
Sophomore Rodrigo Vargas paced the Wolves with four goals, while teammate Adrian Andrade scored two.
â€œHe and Adrian are just so fast. Within two or three steps, theyâ€™re gone,â€ Grant said.
Angelo Quesada chipped in one goal. Yorhany Castillo recorded the victory as goalkeeper.
Grant expected outstanding ball-handling skills, which he received, but was caught off guard by how well the team played together.
â€œI was impressed with how well they worked as a team,â€ Grant said. â€œWe havenâ€™t played before, so I was impressed with how well we got along,â€ he added.
Felipe Arce, a team captain, provided outstanding leadership from his defensive midfielder position.
One attribute Grant was particularly pleased with, even though he didnâ€™t expect it, was his teamâ€™s physical condition.
â€œI was inspired by their play. I thought they wouldâ€™ve been a little winded, but all of our players seem to be in very good physical shape,â€ he said.
Grant, who coached soccer at the recreation level for six years and helped develop Fred T. Foardâ€™s soccer program, was anxious to coach in his first high school match.
â€œI was a little nervous,â€ he admitted.
Quickly, he diverted the attention back to his young men.
â€œIn the game of soccer, itâ€™s more of a team,â€ Grant said.
Using an example of a star running back, that can manufacture big plays on his own, Grant believes soccer is entirely different.
â€œYou have to rely on people to get you the ball, so you can have a chance to score,â€ he said.
Lincolnton is 1-0 on the season.
The Lincolnton Lady Wolvesâ€™ volleyball team met Shelby on Thursday for the first time as a non-conference opponent.
The Wolves beat their former Midwest 2A foe 3-2; 25-18, 16-25, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-11.
Kendal Bradley paced Lincolnton with 19 points, while Charlotte Clark complemented her with 17 of her own.
Hannah Parker scored 16 points, Kim Zuniga contributed to Lincolntonâ€™s balanced scoring with 15.
Keelie Steward and Jessie Cline finished with 12 and 10 respectively. Elaine Gregory chipped in with three points.
The Lady Wolves are now 2-0 on the young season.
by John Mark Brooks