Blue Eagles, Jets End In Stalemate

Magnolia rallies from three down

Photo by Cody Tomer Magnolia’s Jacob Thorpe jumps to make a play on the ball as he is guarded by Union Local’s Steven Reed, right, during Monday’s match at Hydro Soccer Field.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Eighty minutes were not enough to settle Monday’s soccer match at Hydro Soccer Field.

Union Local and Magnolia each garnered three goals in the first half and then went scoreless in the second half as the Jets and Blue Eagles played to a 3-3 tie.

The Eagles erased a 3-0 deficit in the first half after receiving a brief message from coach Ryan Yost to inspire the team.

“We started off a little sluggish (Monday),” Yost said. “Then, we got a water break at 20 minutes and my pep talk seemed to get the boys riled up. If that’s all it takes, I will do it more often.

“They started passing and the defense picked it up, too. I’m happy with it.”

The Jets looked strong out of the gate, capturing three goals in the first 15 minutes of action and two netters in the first nine minutes for a quick 3-0 advantage.

The first two goals came off the foot of Nate Thornberg, who blasted 10 shots on the net.

“Nate is very quick on the ball,” Union Local coach Isaac Clark said. “He definitely helps us out up front. It’s nice to have a player like him.”

Both of Thornberg’s goals were unassisted as he simply beat the keeper on the first and raced past three Magnolia defenders on his second.

Union Local’s third score was in large part thanks to Tricia Boyer who peppered a shot on goal but missed the mark. However, teammate Parker Skedeel was there to collect the rebound and find the back of the net for the 3-0 cushion.

The Eagles responded in a big way as they reeled off three consecutive goals to end the half in a deadlock.

Matt Morgan was the first to get in the scoring column for Magnolia as he worked his way down the field and made a defender miss before firing a shot into the cage at the 15:13 mark of the first.

After 20 minutes of solid defense, Kayden Jones pounded a penalty kick into the back of the net to draw his squad closer to the Jets.

As time was running out in the first half, Morgan was not satisfied with his team trailing at the break, so he took aim from the right side of the net and launched a ball over the keeper and into the left side of the cage for the equalizer with only six seconds remaining in the half.

“This was a good, hard fought match,” Clark said.

“Both teams played very hard.

“I just think we got up with the lead and kind of fell off. We started kicking the ball instead of keeping the ball and I think we had a lack of focus, too.”

Neither team could separate themselves in the final 40 minutes of play.

The Jets had several opportunities but Magnolia goalkeeper Woodson London was outstanding between the pipes, making crucial saves down the stretch.

“He has been golden for us this year,” Yost said. “He is a first year goalie and had at-least 15 saves (Monday). He has had double digit saves every game this year, so far.

“He really puts it out there on the line and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Thornberg had a chance to give Union Local the edge 16 minutes into the second but bounced a shot off the post.

Magnolia’s Zach Klug experienced a similar result with just four minutes remaining as he laced a missile at the net, only to watch it bounce off the frame and out, leaving the score knotted up in the end.

John Marshall 4, Trinity 1

MOUNDSVILLE — Haden Thomas tallied two goals as John Marshall defeated Trinity. Cooper Curto and Justin Mencer each found the back of the net for the Monarchs.

Carman Anthony had nine saves.

Weir 6, Indian Creek 4

WEIRTON — Jericho Givens found the back of the net twice and dished out three assists as Weir defeated Indian Creek.

Andrew LeMasters tallied two goals and one assist for the Red Riders. Evan Gilbert and Jacob Warrick finished with a goal each. Caleb Hvizdak and Mason Cassels added one assist apiece. Skylar Jackson made six saves.

For the Redskins, Alpha Jallow recorded a hat trick, while Gunnar Brettell tallied the other goal.


Buckeye 8 Championship

Round 1

St. Clairsville 326, Harrison Central 347, Beaver Local 362, Indian Creek 384, Buckeye Local 390, Edison 441, East Liverpool 453, Martins Ferry 458, Union Local n/a

CADIZ — Brendan Vucelich and Jacob Jeffries both turned in a 79 as St. Clairsville sits in the lead after Round 1 of the Buckeye 8 Championship. Brock Crist was also solid for the Red Devils as he turned in an 81 while Saul Crist rounded out the scoring with an 87.

Samuel Santille led the way for Harrison Central with an 83 while Josh Speaker was the low-scorer for Indian Creek (84). Blake Ring-Fish turned in a team-best 86 for Buckeye Local while Edison’s George Ash had a 91. Luke Krol led the way for Martins Ferry with a 90 while Union Local’s Aiden Shugert tallied 100.

Magnolia 179, St. Marys 183, River (Girls) 203, River 207, Tyler Consolidated 223, Paden City 258

SISTERSVILLE — Trey Blain turned in a 35 as Magnolia secured a victory at Sistersville Country Club in a six-team field. Alex Parker secured a solid 43 for the Blue Eagles while Olivia Mensore had a 48. Alex Millikan rounded out the Magnolia scoring with a 53.

Ridge Thompson turned in a 35 for River while Sierra Knowlton led the way for the girls team with a 40. Tyler Consolidated’s Gage Potoczny had a team-low 51 and Paden City’s Jordan Stackpole compiled a 60.

Steubenville 373, Steubenville Catholic 377

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville defeated Steubenville Catholic at the Steubenville Country Club.

Big Red’s Paul Mastros was the medalist with a 74. Micah Krause shot an 85, Isaac Krause 92 and Carson Davis 122.

For the Crusaders, Cole Tegano led with an 88. Johnny O’Karma shot a 95, Zach Campbell 97 and Luca Connor 97.

Toronto 176, Wellsville 206

EAST LIVERPOOL — Toronto’s Hunter Kennan received medalist honors as he turned in a 40 in Toronto’s victory over Wellsville.

Cole Degarmo shot a 42 while Brennan Suffoletta tallied a 46 and Andre Roach secured a 48 for the Red Knights.

Luke Green led Wellsville with a 44.


East Liverpool d. Steubenville 25-20, 25-15, 25-13

STEUBENVILLE — Skye Stokes tallied 16 kills and nine aces while Emma Ludwig had seven kills, seven blocks and five aces as East Liverpool defeated Steubenville in straight sets.

Sharnae Wilson recorded four kills and four blocks for the Potters while Terran Stacey added four kills, two blocks and two aces.

For Big Red, Anna Taylor tallied seven kills, five aces and three digs. Sidney Snyder had six kills and four blocks. Senior Leah Ferguson recorded eight assists, two kills and one dig. Junior Sammie Cucarese added four digs.


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