Big Red Blanks Blue Dons, 3-0
WEIRTON — Steubenville girls’ soccer coach Jared Robinson challenged his team to control possession of the ball Wednesday evening.
It responded in dominant fashion.
Big Red controlled play from start to finish, en route to picking up a 3-0 victory over Madonna at the J.C. Williams Soccer Complex.
“We have really been working on possessing the ball and not just playing kick ball this year,” Robinson said. “Our girls are really starting to click with it. I feel like we had possession of the ball the majority of the time. The way that our girls are playing right now, it is just all coming together.
“Hats off to Madonna. They have small numbers, but they play with a lot of heart. Their defense was really tough.”
Three different players tallied goals for Robinson’s club, which is off to a 2-0 start.
“We have a really strong freshman class that is stepping up and mixing well with the upperclassmen,” Robinson said. “It’s just gelling. We definitely have options with the way that the girls come in and out. They pick right up where the other girls have left off. It’s a real momentum keeper.
Despite the loss, Madonna coach Bob Kolanko was happy with the improvement his team showed from Friday’s season-opening 6-2 loss to Wheeling Central.
“Every loss is a tough loss, but when I think back from where we were Friday to the progress we made (Wednesday), I am very proud with how they have improved.” Kalanko said. “I have six freshmen and eight girls that have never been on a soccer field before this season. With what they have done and the improvements that they are making, I will take it.
“Big Red has made some big strides. They have some players that make great shots, and they switch the field very well.”
After several near misses, Libby Saccoccia opened the scoring with a high shot from distance that went up and over Blue Dons (0-2) goalkeeper Abby Macek.
Macek made several saves before halftime to keep the deficit at one. Early in the second half, though, Steubenville was finally able to strike again when Jadyn Bennett corralled a ball in close and fired it into the back of the net. An assist went to Anastasia Crisante.
Moments after she had hit the crossbar with a long distance shot, Mary Marshall worked around Madonna defenders, shot back across the field and just inside the post to make it 3-0 and cap the scoring.
Macek, a sophomore, finished with 21 saves in the game, which impressed her coach.
“Our goalkeeper, Abby, was absolutely phenomenal,” Kolanko said. “Without her, it could have been nine or 10 to nothing. She made 21 saves, and they were some legitimate saves. They put some awesome shots on her, and she hung in there.”
Zoe Nocera made one save for Big Red to earn the shutout.
∫ Madonna assistant coach Sam Paletta was on the sidelines for the last time Wednesday, as he enters retirement.
“We’re going to miss him,” Kolanko said. “He meant a lot to these girls and put a lot of hours into the team.”
Wheeling Central 6, Steubenville Catholic 0
STEUBENVILLE–Speedster Kenadee Wayt was at it again as she netted five unassisted goals to lead Wheeling Central over host Steubenville Catholic.
Maggie Fahey added the sixth goal on an assist from Addyson Thomas.
Ava Koontz and Chloe Vogrin each stopped three shots for the Maroon Knights.
Wheeling Park 339, Morgantown 374, Brooke 461
WHEELING–Wheeling Park emerged victorious over Morgantown (374) and Brooke (461) at Speidel’s Jones Course by carding a team total of 339.
Ryan Payne paced the Patriots with a score of 81, followed by Noah Seivertson’s 82, Lydia Simon’s 87 and James Salvatori’s 89.
Brooke’s Ryan Bilby was the match medalist with a card of 72.
Harrison Central 178, Indian Creek 186
BLOOMINGDALE — Harrison Central golf team defeated Indian Creek at Red Oaks Golf Course.
The Huskies’ Cruz Capers and Jory Marvin tied with the Redkskins’ Justice Morris as co-medalists, each shooting 44.
Also for Harrison Central Sam Santille and Cameron McIntosh both shot scores of 45.
Indian Creek got a 46 from Noah Corella. Luke Merriman shot a 47. Josh Speaker shot a 49.
Steub. Catholic 183, Steubenville 187, Weir 192
NEW CUMBERLAND — Zach Campbell led Steubenville Catholic with a 44 as the Crusaders topped Weir and Steubenville at Woodview Golf Course. Cole Tagano shot a 45. Luca Connor shot a 46. Johnny O’Karma finished with a 48.
Big Red’s Paul Mastros was the medalist with a 41. Also for Steubenville, Isaac and Micah Krause both finished with scores of 45. Carlo Biasi shot a 56.
Dominic Simich shot a 43 for Weir High. Jasmine Tustin shot a 46. Elijah Zimmerman shot a 48. Zach Guiddy finished with a 55.
St. Clairsville 159, Magnolia 179, Bridgeport 184, Martins Ferry 209
SARDIS–Brandon Vucelich was sharp as usual as he earned medalist honors with a tally of 37 to lead St. Clairsville over Magnolia (179), Bridgeport (184) and Martins Ferry (209).
Jacob Jeffries was just one shot back as he recorded a 38 for the Red Devils, followed by teammates Brock Christ (41) and Sal Christ (43).
Trey Blain paced the Blue Eagles with a 40, while Martins Ferry was led by Luke Kial’s 43 and the Bulldogs top finisher was Kevin Heink with a card of 45.
Steubenville d. Edison
25-14, 25-23, 25-2
STEUBENVILLE–Steubenville took three straight sets to sweep visiting Edison in convincing fashion.
Emily Allen collected 11 assists, two aces, one kill and one dig for Big Red. Sammie Cucarese scored 28 points to go along with seven aces and six digs. Sidney Snyder delivered 12 kills, two aces and one dig. Leah Ferguson finished with 16 assists, three kills and two digs. Anna Taylor tallied eight kills, five aces and three digs. Makayla Abram contributed seven kills and one block.
The Wildcats were led by Jadden Vincenzo’s seven points, Karissa Speedy with five points and Mikayla Petrisko with five digs.