St. C. Shuts Out Magnolia
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With the season still in its infancy stages, St. Clairsville head coach Wes Stoner wants his Red Devils’ girls soccer team to continue to work on improving itself while also working to win the game.
Monday evening’s point of emphasis against Magnolia was passing. All Stoner needed to see was about 10 or so minutes worth of that before he unleashed the scoring.
“I told the girls we had to have a bunch of passes in the first half and they kind of took it to heart,” Stoner said. “We wanted to get our passing down, get the ball moving and stuff like that before we really kind of unleashed.”
A little less than 12 minutes into the game, senior standout Alyssa Otto found the back of the net and the Red Devils didn’t look back from there en route to a 10-0 victory against the Blue Eagles.
“Once I took the (passing) restriction off, we did well (offensively),” Stoner said. “But, we kept passing the ball well and it paid off.”
Actually, only two of the Red Devils’ goals were unassisted and one of those came on a Macy Malin penalty kick late in the first half after a hand ball was called in the box.
Otto, who was one of the top goal scorers in the Ohio Valley last fall, rebounded from being shutout of the scoring column against Indian Creek last Friday in a big way. She scored the first four goals of the game, including the second, third and fourth goals coming in a six-minute barrage.
“Against Indian Creek, she had two and three people on her the entire game, so they made it difficult on her,” Stoner said.
“That also opened up other opportunities for other girls. Alyssa is going to scorer her goals, especially with how talented she is.”
For good measure, Otto scored the first two goals of the second half, too.
While Otto commands much of the defensive attention, the Red Devils are by no means a one-trick pony. St. Clairsville is fortunate to have firepower, seemingly all over the field.
“We have a lot of young kids who are talented, including five sophomores starting,” Stoner said.
Sophomore Mikayla Hendershot — off a pass from Otto — got into the scoring act in the first half. She also had an assist as did Malin andd Emily Vera.
After Otto’s sixth goal, Stoner lifted his first unit. But, St. C. didn’t stop scoring. Arielle Ott and Kylie Gallagher tallied the ninth and 10th goal. Alyssa Bodkin and Emily Thompson posted the respective assists on those final tallies.
While the offense was impressive, Stoner is just as pleased with his defensive unit.
“We have seniors who have been playing together for four years,” Stoner said. “I really think defense might be the strongest part of our team when you talk goal keeping and everything.”
The Red Devils utilized two goalies in the win. Sophomore Jaeda Nowak and senior Ana Woollard both had a hand in the shutout.
STEUBENVILLE — Mary Marshall led Steubenville with three goals and two assists as it shut out Cambridge.
Anastasia Crisante scored a pair of goals for Big Red while Michaela Brancazio had one goal and two assists. Finishing with one goal apiece were Jordan Sarjeant, Jadyn Bennett and Chloe Petrelle. .
Cambridgeís Grace Morgan had eight saves.
Indian Creek 9, Edison 0
WINTERSVILLE — Abby Copeland recorded a hat trick while Riliegh Gualtiere tallied two goals as Indian Creek defeated Edison.
Payton Gaydosh, Ashley Yaich, Sloane Lewis and Erica Sczruba each found the back of the net for the Redskins.. Gaydosh assisted three times, while Lewis had one.