Linsly Clips Steubenville

Mariano goal wins it

Photo by Josh Strope Linsly goalkeeper Johni Lech punts the ball during Tuesday’s game against Steubenville. Lech made three saves to earn a shutout victory.

WHEELING — When two teams are evenly matched, a lone mistake may cost you.

Steubenville found that out the hard way Tuesday as Linsly capitalized on an error before halftime, leading to an Athena Mariano goal, the lone one of the match as the Cadets earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory in girls soccer action at the 16th Street Field in East Wheeling.

The game, previously scheduled to be played at Holloway Field on The Linsly School campus, was moved because of the flooding.

“Steubenville was a very good side and I was very proud of my girls for doing what they had to do to win that game,” Linsly coach Darryl Crews said. “They fought hard.”

With both teams at a standstill, Linsly (4-4-1) finally cracked the scoreboard in the 36th minute.

Steubenville sophomore goalie Zoe Nocera did an outstanding job matching Linsly’s aggressive attack, jumping into the action and beating the Cadets to the ball.

On this occasion, a Steubenville defender beat Mariano to the ball deep in the penalty box, and tried to shield her, with Nocera having to stay in her net.

Instead, Mariano was able to steal the ball away and found herself 1-on-1 with the Big Red netminder. The junior sharpshooter beat Nocera low to the corner for a Cadets lead.

“We expect a lot out of Athena and when she get that ball, she is a just a little waterbug,” Crews said. “During her Linsly career, she has scored a lot of goals like that which have been very big at the time they were scored.”

The teams traded chances in the second half, but each time Nocera or Linsly netminder Johni Lech were there to make a big stop.

Steubenville (6-2) also had a few chances sail over the crossbar.

“I thought we played hard and played well,” Steubenville coach Jared Robinson said. “We possessed the ball and created opportunities. We had one mental lapse and that cost us the game. It hurts (to lose on that goal) and not everyone gets to see the entire story.

“I will take away the fact that my girls played extremely well and played the way we wanted them to. We don’t lose, we learn and that is what this process is about.”

With the OVAC Tournament cutoff nine days away, Steubenville currently sits on the outside looking in of the Class 5A standings. Big Red lost its first game Saturday at Indian Creek.

“I was pleased because we did not play (Tuesday) the way we did against Creek,” Robinson said. “We played much more of our game and we settled down. We can and will build off this. We are going to take care of what we can take care of and see how it plays out.”

Nocera made six saves in a losing effort.

Leech stopped three shots in earning a shutout victory. Linsly is currently second in the Class 3A-1A field and looking to secure a home game.

“We feel good to get that win but it also exposed a few things so we have a week to work on things,” Crews said. “We told them congratulations for now, but (today) we will work on those things that we learned that we have to correct.

“We need to be a little quicker with the ball and we are a very quiet team. Communication is so important in soccer and those are the things we are trying to get players to do.”

Weir 7, Brooke 1

WEIRTON — Megan Cramer and Bella Aperfine each finished with two goals and an assist to lead the way for Weir in a rout of rival Brooke.

Julia Gianni and Sierra Huey each scored a goal and and netted an assist for the Red Riders (4-5), Skyla Hirkala collected a goal and Nina Cassini contributed an assist.

Madison Platt netted the lone goal for the Bruins (2-8).

Wheeling Park 5

John Marshall 0

MOUNDSVILLE — Grace Hanna scored five minutes in and Wheeling Park continued the onslaught in a victory against rival John Marshall.

Abbey Anderson netted two goals and added an assist for the Patriots. Emma Delk and Mia Zecca also scored goals.

Deanna Crumm registered two goals in a shutout victory.

Izzy Anderson stopped 14 shots for the Monarchs.

Because of flooding at Wheeling Island Stadium, today’s game against Beaver Local has been rescheduled for Thursday at Wheeling Jesuit.


Wheeling Central 9

Union Local 0

WHEELING — Jacob Estep continued to find the back of the net with a hat trick and three assists as Wheeling Central had little trouble with Union Local.

Angelo Gentile added two saves for the Maroon Knights, while Kyle Newmeyer, Thomas Minor, David Acgaoili and Austin Nestor each scored one. Nestor added two assists and Alex Magruder with one. Guilio Gentile made two saves for a shutout win.


Magnolia d. Madonna

25-5, 25-22, 25-23

WEIRTON — Mady Winters scored 15 points with 15 kills, four aces and three blocks as Magnolia rolled Madonna in the first set and never looked back.

Kyndra Pilant added 19 kills, seven points, four aces and four blocks. Leneica Grimm added 35 assists and three points, while Kayna Anderson had 11 points.

Monroe Central d.

Wheeling Central

25-11, 25-12, 25-15

WOODSFIELD — Rymie Bishop filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, four aces, six kills, 15 assists and two blocks as Monroe Central swept Wheeling Central.

Amy Bettinger chipped in with 15 kills, while Kirsten Friday added 12 points, three aces and six kills. Sydney Yoho (16) and Jocelyn LeMasters (13) were the team leaders in digs. Elaine Swallow had 15 assists.

Wheeling Central was paced by Kayla Gilligan with six kills, Allie Persinger with eight digs and Kaitlyn Angalich with seven digs.

Morgantown d.

Wheeling Park

22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-13

MORGANTOWN — Rachel Simon led Wheeling Park with 15 kills and added three blocks, but Wheeling Park dropped three straight sets to Morgantown after winning the first.

Anya Ritz chipped in with 11 assists, Izzy Miller had 13 digs, Leah Gaudino recorded 15 digs and Ally Franko added seven kills for the Patriots.

Tyler Consolidated d. Parkersburg Catholic

25-17, 25-23, 25-20

PARKERSBURG–Josey Jones strung together a masterful performance with 16 points, 13 kills and 12 digs as she led Tyler Consolidated to a straight set road victory over Parkersburg Catholic.

JoLee Walton dished out 26 assists, seven points and seven digs, while Peyton Kocher supplied 12 digs, Madison DeVaughn turned in 10 points and Alexa Johnson and Emily Lancaster each added seven kills and four blocks for the Silver Knights (5-2).

Beaver Local d.

John Marshall

25-18, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20

LISBON — Emily Harr had 12 kills, 13 digs, and three blocks, but John Marshall fell to Beaver Local.

Lydia Knutsen recorded 16 digs, while Emily Griffith dished out 15 assists.


Girls Golf Get Together

WHEELING — Julie Zhu of Linsly (45) was runnerup to Ritchie County’s Krista Davis (40) during the third annual Girls Golf Get Together held at Wheeling Park, featuring a record 31 girls participating.

Brooke Chamberlain of St. Clairsville, Jasmine Tustin of Weir and Courtney Kline of Morgantown each shot a 46 to tie for third.

In team scoring, John Marshall defeated Shadyside and Toronto, but fell to John Glenn.


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