CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With eight wins last season, the West Virginia Chaos was coming off the best season in club history in the Premier Development League.
The Chaos were hoping to build off that momentum this season, but through its first two games, had not earned a single point in two losses.
Playing against nearby rivals, the Southern West Virginia King's Warriors, the Chaos finally got in the win column, earning a 4-0 victory Tuesday at Schoenbaum Stadium inside Coonskin Park.
The win also avenged a 3-1 loss to the Beckley-based King's Warriors (1-2-1) in the season opener for both teams. The two teams are playing each other in a best-of-three series in what is being dubbed the Coal Cup Clash with the winner earning bragging rights and a trophy.
The Chaos (1-2) has a two-goal advantage with the last game to be played in Beckley on June 18.
"There is a trophy at stake," said Chaos Coach Predrag Ivanovic, who also serves as one of the players as well. "When we lost the first game, if we had lost tonight, we would have lost the trophy. "I told the guys we aren't passing the trophy back. We have to keep it. This win helps a lot. We have another game on the road and hopefully we get to keep the trophy."
Despite the slow start, Ivanovic wasn't fazed, in large part because he didn't have his full compliment of players.
"We finally got everyone cleared," Ivanovic said. "The first game we only had 11 players. In the second game, I was still looking for the right mix of players. With a lot of the guys who came in, I hadn't seen.