HYNDMAN — It didn’t take long for HOPE for Hyndman to receive a wake-up call in Thursday’s home matchup against Northern Bedford.
The Black Panthers quickly held an advantage, but the Hornets erased that just about as fast, then ran off a string of goals for a 6-1 victory on Senior Day in Hyndman.
With both teams currently sitting in what will be the final two playoff spots in the latest District 5-A standings, the game was viewed as a critical one towards the postseason.
Northern Bedford needed only two minutes to go ahead 1-0. The Panthers worked the ball into the Hornets’ box, and Reyan Imler put it in the net on an assist from Collin Yeatts.
Hyndman tied it up less than four minutes later on a own goal. Damon Scheid’s shot from near the 18-yard line was played off an NBC foot into the net.
The Hornets added three more goals before halftime, all of them scored by Will Waltman.
With 28:51 on the clock, Waltman found the net after breaking towards it and clipping the ball into it off a crossing pass from Scheid.
Waltman, who ranks third in goals scored this fall among Bedford County players, gave his side a 3-1 edge at the 10:41 mark after taking a pass from Alex Cosgrove. And Waltman was back in the scorebook with 3:12 to go in the half.
“We started the game a little slow, but after a short time, we picked up our play and did a great job of getting quality scoring chances,” said Hornets’ coach Brad Turner.
In the second half, Waltman collected his fourth consecutive goal of the day by heading a corner kick into the left corner of the net with 33:41 remaining.
The teams then played their longest stretch of back-and-forth scoreless action before Scheid finalized the 6-1 outcome with only 30 seconds left. Scheid’s shot was from short range after Waltman fed him the ball.
The Hornets led in shots on goal, 19-5, and in corner kicks, 8-2. Hyndman moves to 6-7 and will play at North Star on Saturday.
“I was really proud of the way our kids never panicked, kept a cool head, and played their game,” said Turner.
“We passed the ball as well as we have in most games and found the back of the net today. I’m hoping we get to full health soon and continue to play quality soccer.”
Northern Bedford is 5-9 and hosts Forbes Road on Monday.
“(Hyndman) is an older team with juniors and seniors, and we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” said NBC coach Marcus Yeatts. “They’re bigger and faster, and I think that was a big difference.”
HOPE FOR HYNDMAN 6, NORTHERN BEDFORD 1
No. Bedford 1 0 — 1
Hyndman 4 2 — 6