Wheeling Central Falls in Cup Final
WHEELING–A season ago, Charleston Catholic was dethroned as the Bishop’s Cup champions as it fell to Huntington St. Joes. The Irish had won eight consecutive titles before that loss but they hoisted the trophy once again on Saturday, as they overpowered Wheeling Central 8-0 at Bishop Schmitt Field.
Will Jenkins and Wil Swan both recorded hat tricks in the win, while Jack Cimino provided a trio of assists.
“I don’t think we played great soccer early,” Irish coach Niall Paul said. “We used everybody on the bench and made every individual respond and that is what makes this team special. When the time comes when they have to do their jobs, they can count on each other and they work as a unit.”
Just 12 minutes into the contest, Paul realized that his starters were not giving it a full effort so he made a mass substitution to send a message. The message was received.
“We have done that once or twice before but sometimes the kids just aren’t focused and you want everybody to be hungry. I tell everybody that at any given moment, it might be there time and they need to be ready.
“I just turned to the bench, got them warmed up and said go on in. They played hard and the guys that came off the field saw how hard they were playing, so it has worked the few times we had to do it.”
It took some time but at the 15:56 mark of the first half, Philip Acklin put the Irish on the board when teammate Kendall Stephens delivered a shot that was blocked by Wheeling Central keeper, David Agcaoili.
Acklin took the redirected shot and filed it away into the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 edge.
Jenkins garnered two of his three goals in the next six minutes and Stephens added one of his own with just under nine minutes remaining in the half to give Charleston Catholic a 4-0 cushion at the half.
At the 20th minute, a key weapon for Central, Jacob Estep, was given a red card, leaving a hole in the offense.
“In the first 20 minutes it was a 0-0 contest and we got a bad call and it cost us one of our best players,” Central coach Brian Komorowski said. “We had to play 60 minutes a man down and you can’t do that against a good team.”
In the 16th minute of the second half, Jenkins netted his third goal, before Wil Swan erupted for three goals in the final 12:12 of the match.
Agcaoili was under fire during the duration of the match and still managed to collect 16 saves.
“David made a lot of good saves,” Komorowski said. “He has come a long way in a short period of time. He is a first-year goalie but he is learning the position quickly. Unfortunately, it is coming by fire but he is doing very well.”
Ethan Malinoski only faced a handful of shots for the Irish but finished with three saves.
“He is a kid that doesn’t get enough acknowledgment,” Paul said. “He is up there directing traffic, not just making saves. He sees it all from back there and it would be a much different team without him.”
Quin Cable, Aidan Paul, Zion Suddeth and Ellis Brown all added an assist as the Irish won their ninth Bishop’s Cup in 10 years.
“Last year I was a first-year coach and I was the first coach to lose the Cup in eight years,” Paul said.
“So that makes it special to me and it is a big thing for us to get it back.”
As for the Maroon Knights, they fall to 5-3 on the season and must put this loss behind them and move forward.
“Bad things happened but we will just go over those things, say this is how you fix them and get better from it,” Komorowski said. “It is just one game. We have to put it behind us and go to the next game.”
Brooke 3, East Liverpool 1
EAST LIVERPOOL–East Liverpool held a 1-0 lead at halftime but visiting Brooke (5-3-1) tallied three second half goals and rallied for the win, giving the Potters their first loss of the season.
Brooke’s Nick Cruney turned in a pair of goals, while Konner Govey added one. Colin Heilman and Liam Cronin supplied assists for the Bruins and Matthew Reed gathered nine saves.
Josh Ricktenwall scored for East Liverpool (5-1-1).
Wheeling Park 8, Spring Mills 1
WHEELING–Lauren Schultz recorded a hat trick, Abbey Anderson netted two and Graceylyn Hanna, Niya Cook and Sarah Heilman all added a goal apiece as Wheeling Park rolled past visiting Spring Mills.
Schultz also handed out three assists, while Allison Julian provided two and Morgan Glass and Hanna each added one. Deanna Crumm and Jillian Blair both collected four saves for the Patriots.
John Marshall 2, Steubenville 2
STEUBENVILLE–Lainey Brown had a pair of goals and Isabella Anderson collected four saves for John Marshall in a tie with Big Red.
Steubenville was led by goals from Makayla Crownover and Seana Ragusa, along with two saves from Zoe Nocera.
St. Clairsville 8, Edison 0
ST. CLAIRSVILLE –Alyssa Otto netted five goals, giving her 30 on the year as the Red Devils blanked visiting Edison. Macey Malin tied an Ohio High School Athletic Association record with six assists in the win.
Tyler Consolidated 4
SISTERSVILLE–Kenna Smith and Amanda Reynolds each accounted for two goals and Autumn Wells collected nine saves to lead Tyler Consolidated over visiting Ravenswood.
Magnolia d. Madonna
25-14, 25-18, 25-23
WEIRTON — Kendra Pilant had 13 points, eight points, six kills, six blocks and five aces to lead Magnolia past Madonna.
Lenita Grimm added 19 assists and 14 points for the Blue Eagles, while Ashely Kelly notched nine points and five aces.
Monroe Central d.
Shadyside 25-15, 25-14
Monroe Central d.
Beallsville 25-11, 25-23
Beallsville 25-22, 25-14
SHADYSIDE–Monroe Central swept a tri match over Beallsville and host Shadyside.
Olivia Gauding paced the Seminoles with nine kills over Shadyside, while Mackenzie Dierkes added seven kills. The Tigers were led by Jessica Cicogna’s 12 assists.
Gauding finished with nine kills in the win over Beallsville, while Dierkes delivered seven kills and 13 digs and Elaine Swallow added 18 assists.
Shadyside also turned in a win over the Blue Devils as Jillian Joseph supplied seven kills, Riley Brown accounted for six kills and Macy Coffland added five kills.
Bridgeport d. Martins Ferry
13-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-7
BRIDGEPORT–Bridgeport was in a 2-0 hole entering the third set before rallying for three straight wins to take a well-battled match over Martins Ferry.
Kamden Dulesky tallied four points, 16 digs and 12 kills for the Bulldogs, while teammate Shelby Matheny turned in 18 digs and 15 kills. Danielle Hollingshead also chipped in with six points and four digs and Lauren Neer dished out 30 assists in the win.
Edison d. Steubenville
25-22, 20-25, 25-21
STEUBENVILLE–The Wildcats were led to victory of Steubenville by senior McKenzie Morrison’s 13 digs, while teammate Kayla Huff handed out 18 assists and five digs, Allison Crawford accumulated 13 kills and 13 digs, and Kiersten Long added 12 digs.
Beaver Local d. Brooke
Edison d. Brooke
25-21, 18-25, 28-26
STEUBENVILLE–Maria Kamarados delivered 38 digs and four kills, Chloe Fox turned in 37 digs and 17 assists, Landyn Haynes recorded 32 digs and 13 kills and Grace Dodson added 30 digs but Brooke still fell to Edison and Beaver Local in the DIG Pink Volleyball Tournament at Franciscan University.
Edison was led to victory by Allison Crawford’s 23 digs and Kiersten Long’s 20 digs.