Creek Blanks Dons in Weirton
WEIRTON — The game Wednesday was cut short due to rain and darkness setting in after 56 minutes, but that was plenty of time for the Indian Creek girls’ soccer team to accomplish everything Coach Joe Lewis wanted to see his club do before sectionals.
The Redksins dominated their way to a 7-0 victory over the Madonna Blue Dons, led by a two-goal, four-assist performance from senior Kelsey Lewis.
“The girls came out and played well,” Coach Lewis said. “The goal for the day was to aggressively step into the ball every time, win the 50/50 balls and to defend aggressively as well and not allow them to have their first pass. That’s what they did.”
To go along with Lewis’ performance, fellow senior Madelyn Yoho tallied a pair of goals, junior Payton Gaydosh had a goal and an assist, and senior Rachel Cooper added a pair of assists.
“As a team, we played good on the road,” Yoho said. “It was a good performance from everybody. We had multiple people scoring goals, not just one.”
The Redskins (10-4-2) fired 21 shots at the Madonna goal, 14 of which found the target. Madonna (8-9-1) attempted just six shots, and none of them made Indian Creek goalkeeper Hailey Clark make a save.
“It was a good day,” Coach Lewis said. “We needed to work on our defense and I think that showed. They had some shots at the goal but none on our goalie. It’s nice to get the shutout. We had good possession as well.”
Yoho opened up the scoring in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Kelsey Lewis and giving the Redskins a 1-0 lead. Indian Creek continued to control the majority of the play, and in the 25th minute Abby Copeland made it 2-0 with a shot from in close that went right over Madonna senior goalkeeper Kasey Canei (five saves).
The Redskins led 3-0 at the half after Kelsey Lewis connected for her first, taking a pass across the goal mouth and firing it into the open cage in the 37th minute.
Right before the half ended, the rain started to fall but not enough to halt the start of the second 40 minutes.
Gaydosh extended the lead in the first minute of the second half, connecting from in close to make it a 4-0 advantage for the Redskins. Sophomore Sloane Lewis extended the lead to 5-0 about a minute later.
Yoho and Kelsey Lewis each added their second goals before the second half was six minutes old, making it a commanding 7-0 Indian Creek lead when the rain started falling again in the 56th minute, this time hard enough to halt the action.
“I scored on a nice soft ball in the beginning, and then toward the end I put one into the corner with a little help from the goalie,” Yoho said. “It feels pretty good.”
The referees sent the teams off the field and into a delay due to thunder. After roughly 20 minutes of waiting, the game was officially called due to darkness starting to set in.
“It’s kind of a bummer to get the rain and then have to stop early because it is getting dark,” Coach Lewis said. “I would have liked the kids to have gotten to play the full 80 minutes, but we got out here and had a game at least.”
Blue Dons coach Bob Kolanko declined to be interviewed after the game.
Edison 5, Magnolia 0
RICHMOND — Lauren Ferelli netted two goals and added two assists as Edison shut out Magnolia on its Senior Night.
Gracie Dennis, Emily Ferrell and Alexia Irvine also scored for the Wildcats, who received assists from Christian Joy Guess and Maddie Brenstuhl.
Ritchie County d. Magnolia
25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Lenieca Grimm had 31 assists, six points and four digs and Kendra Pilant recorded 13 blocks, 10 kills, eight digs and six points, but it wasn’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ritchie County in four sets.
Mady Winters contributed 16 kills, 11 blocks, five digs and four points for the Blue Eagles. Kennedy Parsons scored six points and added four kills.
Wheeling Central d. St. John 25-18, 25-14, 25-18
WHEELING — Julie Padden recorded 21 assists, three digs and three kills to lead Wheeling Central past St. John Central.
Nikki Nolte and Kaitlyn Ferns contributed 11 and eight kills, respectively, for the Maroon Knights.
Cameron d. Notre Dame
25-19, 20-25, 14-25, 25-11, 15-6
CAMERON — Kelsie Meintel accumulated 19 digs, eight kills, six aces and three blocks while Abby Aston contributed 24 digs and seven asssits to help Cameron rally past Notre Dame.
Callie O’Neil added 14 digs and six aces for the Dragons and Erica Berardi came up with 13 digs and six assists.
Union Local d. River 25-21, 25-12, 21-25, 25-21
MORRISTOWN — Lauren Flannery contributed 13 kills, nine points, four sets, four aces and three blocks but it came that wasn’t enough as Union Local defeated River.
Allison Bennett added 32 assists, five points, four sets, four kills and four digs for the Pilots.
Rogers Takes Medal Title at MEC Tourney
DANIELS — West Liberty University men’s golf standout Mike Rogers defeated Concord’s Brett Laxton on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff here Wednesday to take medal honors in the Mountain East Conference championship tournament at The Resort at Glade Springs.
Rogers, a senior from Follansbee, W.Va. who played his high school golf at Weirton Madonna, fired a 5-under-par 67 – the lowest round of the tournament – on Wednesday to overcome a 9-stroke deficit. The Hilltopper veteran tied Laxton with a birdie on the final hole and locked up the title with a par on the third extra hole after a Laxton bogey.
Coach Mike Ricci’s West Liberty squad nearly duplicated Rogers’ comeback in the team competition but had to settle for runner-up honors as Charleston held off WLU’s final round charge to claim the conference championship by a mere three strokes.
Trailing by nine shots heading into Wednesday’s final round, the Hilltoppers had the lead down to a single shot on multiple occasions throughout the day but could never quite get over the hump. West Liberty posted an eye-popping team score of 1-under-par 287 to finish with a 54-hole total of 890 but still fell just shy of the Golden Eagles’ 887. West Virginia Wesleyan was a distant third at 903.
Two more Hilltoppers joined Rogers with Top 10 finishes in the medal chase. Joey Cilone was fourth at 4-over-par 220 while Sean Trapp finished in a tie for seventh place at 7-over-par 223.
Charleston earned the MEC’s automatic bid to this spring’s NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional tournament as the conference champion but West Liberty and several other MEC squads are expected to receive at-large invitations.
NDC wins women’s title
DANIELS — Notre Dame College went wire-to-wire to win the Mountain East Conference Women’s Golf Championship .
The Falcons will be the MEC’s first representative in the NCAA Tournament as this year marks the first with an automatic qualifier going to the winner of the conference championship. NDC will compete in that NCAA East Regional Championship in the spring.
Wheeling Jesuit was third (1,038), followed by Charleston (1,039), UVa-Wise (1,112) and Fairmont State (1,159).