Chaos avenges loss, snares first victory
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.
"I didn't have time to recruit because I was appointed the coach a month and a half ago. A lot of the guys weren't in, and now we finally have everyone and can get consistent. I finally was able to find the right-mix tonight, and you saw how it worked out: 4-0 for us."
Chaos forward Adam Arthur, who scored the team's first goal and is a veteran member of the squad, was happy to get the first win of the Ivanovic's career.
"It was great to get the first win, especially for Patsy (Ivanovic)," Arthur said. "Coming in as a new coach, we was dying to get that win for him. It was just great. We got some goals and had the spirits high."
Arthur and the team knew the importance of getting the first victory of the season.
"It was massive for us," Arthur said. "We needed a win tonight. We said that in the locker room. There was nothing else but a win. There are no more excuses. We did well and did what we came out to do."
Arthur realizes it's hard to build off the momentum of last season with no many new players on the roster, but believes the sky in the limit for the Chaos.
"This is my fifth or sixth year here and it's a different set of bodies every year," Arthur said. "It's tough to build any type of momentum. We know we have a bunch of good players and talent. We had a good year last year and are hoping to push on and do the same this year."
Arthur scored the first of three first-half goals for the Chaos in the 15th minute, followed by a goal from James Pucci in the 28th minute, and finally a 35th minute tally from Matthew Brown. Brodie Steigerwald finished the scoring with a goal in the 79th minute in the second half.