Panther Creek freshman Noe Varner recorded three assists, all in the first half, as Panther Creek cruised to a 4-0 victory over Fuquay-Varina on Wednesday evening.
“He was without a doubt the best player on the field again for us,” Panther Creek head coach Chad Sichak said. “I thought he was last game too. He’s the most creative player we have and he’s creating our scoring opportunities.”
Varner’s first assist came in the 8th minute on a cross to teammate Nick Pearce, who used his head to knock the ball past Fuquay’s goalkeeper.
Jahlen Ayala got Varner his second assist on the night, after he placed the ball right under the crossbar during the 30th minute. And then, with 4:20 left in the first half, Varner recorded his third and final assist when he found Tyler Kiser.
“It’s not about me scoring, it’s about the team scoring. I just try to get it in and make things happen,” Varner said.
Fuquay had a tough time getting off any good looks. And when the Bengals (3-10, 1-6) found a decent shot, they weren’t able to get it past Catamount goalkeeper Grant Stidham.
Sichak said he feels good about the win and believes that this will the Catamounts (5-4-2, 4-4) as they move forward.
“I saw energy and positivity that I haven’t seen in the past couple of games. Hopefully that goes into our games next week as well,” Sichak said. “It was a good, productive win for us. It was something that we needed and it relieved some of the pressure they were starting to feel.”
Pearce’s header inside the 9th minute set the tone for the Panther Creek offense. It was the first goal for the Catamounts and Varner’s first assist of the night.
Three who mattered
Noe Varner, Panther Creek: Varner came ready to play, assisting on all three Panther Creek goals in the first half.
Grant Stidham, Panther Creek: The sophomore goalkeeper did not allow Fuquay-Varina to score.
Cole Slater, Fuquay-Varina: Though the Bengals didn’t have much going for them, Slater played aggressive defense and disrupted his share of passes throughout the match.
By the numbers
6: The number of saves Stidham had on the night
4: Different Panther Creek players scored (Pearce, Ayala, Kiser, and Jack Self)