The soccer season is only two weeks old, but Pigeon Forge (5-1) already wrapped up the regular season district title with a convincing13-0 drubbing of first year program Cumberland Gap Friday night. The win was the Tigers fifth straight and concluded a five game stretch of district foes. Pigeon Forge holds a perfect 5-0 record in district play, after posting wins over J. Frank White, Chuckey-Doak, G-P, Union Co. and C-G. PF has swept the district by an impressive combined score of 46-1. The lone goal was an opening score by G-P’s Lugi Recarte.
Against Cumberland Gap the Tigers were on a tear, feeling good after posting a 9-0 win at Union Co. the night before. Joseph Henrique scored four of his five goals in the first half. Following Henrique’s first score, Steven Gordon took a pass from Van harper and knocked it home. Over the next ten minutes Henrique scored three straight for a quick hat trick. Joe Peltier put in a final first half score for the Tigers in a 6-0 lead.
Harper didn’t score in the contest, but kicked the ball to open shooters for four assists and had two shots stopped by defender’s faces as they desperately tried to help their goal tender. Zack Schrandt led the second half scoring in a line change heavy half for the Tigers. The senior knocked in two goals for the game. Timmy Helton, Craig Middleton and Chris Todd all scored goals against C-G in second half play. John Balanos and Stephen Gordon added assists to the effort.
Pigeon Forge had 46 shots on the Cumberland Gap goal, while the visitors managed just two attempts in a light testing of goalie Austin Woodrick. Woodrick has been the loneliest Tiger on the field these last five games as only G-P has reached double figures in their shots taken against Pigeon Forge.
“We’ve played well in district action,” said Coach Bill Mosely. The coach told the team not to get heady in his post-game talk, reminding the team that the district play was a little down this season and that some tough challenges still lay ahead. The Tigers head to Halls Tuesday and hosts Heritage, Seymour and Carter over the next weeks before traveling to play the Maryville Rebels.
The Tigers appear to be in good shape for the post season with a number one seed for the district tournament with the goal of repeating as regional champions. In Thursday away action, Pigeon Forge blasted their way to the shut out at Union Co. Henrique had his first four-goal game and Bryan Aleman pulled a hat trick for the district champs. Harper and Schandt notched individual scores as part of a 42 shot barrage against the Patriots.

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