Parkersburg South Boys Blank Brooke, 1-0

Missed opportunities haunt Bruins in 1-0 loss

Photo by Cody Tomer. Brooke’s Josh Ferguson (right) jumps to make a play, while Parkersburg South’s Evan Rose defends during Thursday’s match at Brooke Memorial Stadium. The Patriots picked up a 1-0 victory

WELLSBURG–The opportunities were there for Brooke but the goals weren’t Thursday evening at Brooke Memorial Stadium.

The Bruins delivered 23 shots in the match but came away empty handed every time as Parkersburg South earned a narrow 1-0 road victory.

Seniors Konner Govey and Gage Barnhart led the offensive attack for Brooke with eight and four shots, respectively, but none of the targets reached their mark.

“We had plenty of opportunities but we can’t put the ball in the net,” Brooke coach Joe Pepe said. “We actually controlled the majority of the first half and our second-half intensity was fantastic. We put pressure on them but we just can’t put the ball in the net.

“If we would have played 80 minutes the way we played in the second half or if we would have put the ball in the net, we might have won. But things happen and that is why they play the game. The sun is going to come up again (today) and we play again on Saturday.”

The Patriots only garnered 10 shots on goal but they only needed to land one and did.

In the 35th minute of the first half, Nick Hawkins secured possession of the ball and swung it over to teammate Julio Lemus, who found Ethan Nedeff for the match’s lone goal. Nedeff sent the ball past Brooke goalkeeper Matthew Reed, who dove to his left to attempt the save but was too late.

“We had great teammwork,” Parkersburg South coach Eric Stump said. “We intercepted the ball, worked it down the field, made a drop pass to the opposite side and hit the striker standing open and he did his job and put it away. It was a great shot and that was the difference (Thursday).”

Parkersburg South (3-6) played the role of spoiler as a win would have put the Bruins in the OVAC Tournament. However, the loss will keep Brooke (5-6-1) on the outside looking in.

“A win would have put us in,” Pepe said. “It would have been nice to make OVACs two years in a row, especially where we came from. But sometimes you have to take two steps backward to get where you actually want to go.

“Now we have bigger fish to fry. We have to win out and go on to the states.”

Other than allowing the match’s only goal, the Brooke defense was remarkable. With the offense controlling the ball for the majority of the contest, Reed only needed to gather four saves.

“Our defense played extremely well,” Pepe said. “We put together a defense but we have some injured people who normally play, so we have a make-shift defense in there so we had to move people from the midfield back.”

The Patriots defense was tested all night and it rose to the occasion. Led by junior goalkeeper Chase Hawkins, who collected 10 saves, along with senior captain and defender, Bradley Stump.

“Chase Hawkins missed most of the season last year with a broken hand,” Eric Stump said. “He really came back strong for us.

“Bradley Stump was also holding the back line and keeping them out of the box. He did his job.”

Steubenville 5

Crestview 3

STEUBENVILLE–Ryan Delelles was unstoppable as he accounted for all five Big Red goals in a win over Crestview.

Noah Reinacher handed out a pair of assists. Jacob Noble and Ian Phillips each added one and Jacob Clevenger picked up five saves in the victory.

Girls’

Wheeling Park 4

Beaver Local 1

EAST LIVERPOOL–Morgan Glass and Lauren Schultz each netted a pair of goals to lead Wheeling Park to a tough road win.

Schultz and Alison Julian recorded assists in the win.

Weir 6

Tyler Consolidated 0

WEIRTON–Bella Aperfine turned in two goals to lead Weir over visiting Tyler Consolidated.

Julia Gianni, Natalie Cramer, Taylor Quickle and Rabeka Rowland also tallied goals in the win, while Alex Mongold collected 16 saves for the Silver Knights.

Volleyball

Wheeling Park d.

Brooke 13-25, 25-19

25-12, 27-25

WELLSBURG–Mahayla McCroskey paced Wheeling Park with 20 digs and the Patriots upended host Brooke.

Anya Ritz finished with 23 assists and Rachel Simon generated 13 kills in the victory.

Tyler Consolidated d. River 25-19, 25-21

Shenandoah d. Tyler Consolidated 19-25

25-22, 25-11

Shenandoah d. River

25-13, 25-14

HANNIBAL–Josey Jones led Tyler Consolidated past host River with 10 digs, seven kills and five points, while teammate Alexa Johnson added 11 kills.

River’s Allison Bennett finished with 16 assists and nine digs in defeat.

In the tri-match, Shenandoah upended the Silver Knights (8-4), despite 22 assists and 13 points from Tyler’s JoLee Walton and 15 digs from Cora Grimm.

River was led by Lacey Cordery with eight digs.

Bridgeport d. Beallsville 25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 25-9

BRIDGEPORT–Shelby Matheny paced Bridgeport with 22 digs and 19 points, along with seven kills as the Bulldogs upended Beallsville.

Kamden Dulesky tallied 16 kills and 10 digs, while teammate Lauren Neer dished out 26 assists in the win.

East Palestine d. Toronto 25-7, 25-16, 25-15

TORONTO–Jamie Anderson turned in five kills and two blocks but Toronto fell to visiting East Palestine.

Jenna Leasure also added four points, one ace and three kills for the Red Knights.

East Liverpool d. Steubenville

25-16, 25-17, 25-14

STEUBENVILLE–Skye Stokes was flawless as she led East Liverpool over host Steubenville with 14 kills, 14 assists and five aces.

Jaliyah Hubbard paced Big Red with seven kills, Sammi Cucarese collected 10 digs and Leah Ferguson added nine assists.

Golf

(Steubenville Country Club)

Madonna 164

Steubenville 167

John Marshall 178

Toronto 184

STEUBENVILLE–Madonna’s Howie Peterson earned match medalist honors by shooting a 32 but it was Steubenville that emerged victorious.

Paul Mastros paced the Big Red with a 37, followed by Michael Gray’s 41. Hunter Sistilli turned in a 41 for the Blue Dons. John Marshall was led by Cody Sprowls, who carded a 42 and Colton Patrello’s 44. Toronto’s Connor Suffoletta tallied a 41 and teammate Cole Degarmo added a 44.

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