Red Riders Blank Silver Knights in Boys’ Soccer
WEIRTON — Weir boys soccer coach Matt Kopp wanted to find a way for his young team to gain confidence. After a dominate 9-0 victory over Tyler Consolidated Monday evening at Jimmy Carey Stadium, it certainly looked as though it had done just that.
“This is a much-needed win for us,” Kopp said. “It is good for them to see this side of a game like that. We haven’t had a game like that since last year. With such young talent, they really needed to feel that themselves because they were used to seeing it with the seniors that they cheered for last year doing that to teams, and they needed to see that they could do that to teams themselves.”
The Red Riders (2-3) were in control from the start and never took the foot off the gas — not even in the second half when Kopp substituted several young players. The subs picked up right where the starters left off and found the back of the net themselves.
“I think a lot of our players grew (Monday),” Kopp said. “I needed to see that. Having such a young team, it’s easy to fear subbing because you have so many people that have never been involved. I needed to see people prove that they could step up and come in and get their minutes going forward.”
In total, seven different players scored goals for Weir.
“We had a lot of people getting involved,” Kopp said. “It was good to see. Pretty much everybody chipped in.”
Three different goalkeepers teamed up to earn the shutout. Skylar Jackson started and made one save in the first half before moving to forward and scoring twice in the second half. Hunter Dodson (two saves) and Michael Wilson (one save) combined to hold the Silver Knights (0-2) off the scoreboard in the second half.
Tyler Consolidated, also a young squad, was low on available players.
“We don’t have a lot of guys,” Tyler coach Scott Wall said. “We have 14 on our roster, and 12 of them are eligible right now.
“There has been a lot of learning on the job with the guys we’ve got. We’ve had to thrust some guys into spots they are not accustom to, and they are learning as we play.”
Weir applied pressure from the start and finally broke through in a big way a little more than 14 minutes in when seniors Caleb Owens and Andrew LeMasters, along with junior Jericho Givens, scored goals in a span of 2:14 to break open a 3-0 lead.
Givens scored his second from in close with less than nine minutes to play in the opening half, and senior Caleb Hvizdak gave the Red Riders a 5-0 halftime advantage a little more than a minute before the break from a sharp angle.
A little less than 13 minutes into the second half, Jackson scored his first. Then, about 13 minutes later, he connected again to make it 7-0.
Elijah Cassella came off the bench and found the back of the net with just more than four minutes to go. Then, with 33 seconds left on the clock, James Littleton ripped his own rebound into the net to close out the scoring.
The Red Riders fired a total of 44 shots toward the Tyler net, putting 23 of them on target, compared to just six attempts and four on target by the Silver Knights.
Tyler is back in action Wednesday, hosting Magnolia. Weir is off until Saturday when it travels to Wheeling Central for a noon game.
Brooke 2, Beaver Local 0
WELLSBURG–Josh Ferguson netted two goals and Nick Cruny delivered two assists as Brooke shutout visiting Beaver Local.
Matt Reed (5) and Garrett Bernardini (6) combined for 11 saves for the Bruins (3-1).
Wheeling Central 10, Tyler Consolidated 0
MIDDLEBOURNE — Kenadee Wayt added five more goals to her impressive season while Wheeling Central did not allow a shot on goal as it shut out Tyler Consolidated. Addyson Thomas scored twice while Ireland Wayt and Elisabeth Bockstoce found the back of the net.
Magie Fahey dished out two assists while Ireland Wayt, Kenadee Wayt, Margaret Hartzell and Bockstoce each contributed with one.
Linsly 6, Steubenville Central 0
WHEELING–Mathena Mariano recorded a hat trick as she led Linsly to a shutout victory over visiting Steubenville Central.
Sarah McDermott, Faith Paull and Mia Camps also found the back of the net and Sophia Stark and Mariano added assists for the Cadets (2-2).
St. Clairsville 7, Harrison Central 2
CADIZ–St. Clairsville peppered the net with 39 shots en route to an impressive road victory over Harrison Central.
Alyssa Otto led the offensive explosion with four goals, followed by Macy Malin, Alyssa Bodkin and Mikayla Hendershot, who each garnered a goal for the Red Devils.
Britton Positano collected a remarkable 32 saves for the Huskies, who received goals from Sydney Starr and Gemma Downs.
St. Clairsville d. Monroe Central 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20
WOODSFIELD–Alexa Binger tallied 14 kills and six points to lead St. Clairsville past host Monroe Central.
Keri Klinkoski blasted nine kills over the net, Kenzie Schoolcraft gathered 10 digs and Katie Miller handed out 21 assists in the win.
Kirsten Friday paced the Seminoles with 12 points and five aces, Sydney Yoho produced 38 digs and Elaina Swallow added 19 assists.
Beaver Local d. Edison 25-15, 25-14, 25-9
EAST LIVERPOOL–Beaver Local swept visiting Edison in a high energy match.
Mikayla Petrisko paced the Wildcats with 10 points, while Karissa Speedy added eight points.
Beallsville d. Bridgeport 25-15, 25-22, 25-19
BEALLSVILLE–Beallsville (1-1) broke into the win column Monday night in prep volleyball action by defeating visiting Bridgeport in straight sets.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs (0-3) was Jessa Stockwell with six points. Jaren Tucker added five points, five assists and two aces, while Bri Conaway, Danielle Bradac and Kayleigh Roberts all produced four points each.
Bellaire d. Harrison Central 25-22, 14-25, 25-22, 25-20
BELLAIRE–The Big Reds broke into the win column with a four-set victory against Harrison Central Monday evening.
Bellaire was paced by Michaela Flaherty’s 13 kills, 12 digs and seven points. Natalie Stoner added four kills, 16 digs and eight points. Tenley Hughe was credited with eight kills, three blocks, nine digs and three aces.
Harrison Central was led by Lexi Ferguson’s 18 assists, while McKayla Dunkle added nine kills and five blocks. Kobey Johnson added 11 points and six digs.
Union Local d. Martins Ferry 25-21, 25-15, 25-7
MORRISTOWN–Union Local took care of invading Martins Ferry in three sets Monday evening.
Alexis Logan had 11 digs, seven kills and three aces, while Lacey Bilyeu added 17 digs. Sydney Lohr was charted for 12 digs and three aces and Casey Kildow had five kills and two aces.
Barnesville d. Caldwell 25-14, 25-18, 26-24
CALDWELL–Barnesville needed just three games to get to a perfect 3-0 on the season, prevailing over the Redskins.
Mindi Wehr had 12 kills, seven points and nine digs, while Madison Detling had 11 kills and four digs. Senior Mya McEndree added 17 assists, 12 digs and an ace. Savanna Finnical was carted for 16 assists, while Erin Hannahs had 10 digs.