Soccer

Bearcats stand alone in WNC soccer

Matthew Mel (3) is the leading scorer for the Hendersonville boys soccer team.

Matthew Mel (3) is the leading scorer for the Hendersonville boys soccer team.

HENDERSONVILLE – Western North Carolina’s only undefeated soccer team continues to handle every challenge thrown its way.

Hendersonville (15-0-0, 11-0-0) recorded its 10th shutout of the season with Monday’s 1-0 win at Owen. Matthew Mel, who is a senior, scored his team-high 28th goal for the Bearcats off a corner kick taken by Michael Bowen.

“It feels good to be undefeated right now,” Hendersonville coach Mark Sullivant said. “The key to success is making sure that the team is dedicated to the task at hand.”

Captain Alex Savvagio, a defender on the team, described how he keeps Hendersonville’s defense dominant.

“As the leader of defense, I make sure that we communicate in order to play well,” Savvagio said.”

When asked what games he was looking forward to in the season, Mel responded, “All of them.”

Hendersonville is scheduled to play a nonconference game Wednesday at Enka and the state playoffs begin Nov. 5.

Other scoring leaders for the Bearcats are Bowen (eight goals), Jackson Carter (six) and Jordan LaBelle (six). Goalkeeper Quinn Boeke has made more than 100 saves.

Regarding pregame rituals and mental preparation, Carter had something to say.

“We huddle in the middle of the field and pray before every game,” the sophomore said. “When we huddle and pray it helps mentally prepare us for our next challenge.”

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