Linsly Edges Past Steubenville
WHEELING — When two solid soccer teams face each other, it is imperative to be able to capitalize on second-chance opportunities, because they will not come around too often. The Linsly and Steubenville boys’ soccer teams experienced that Thursday at the East Wheeling Complex.
The Cadets’ Diego Solano scored a goal on a second-chance opportunity as he was in the right place at the right time. He found the back of the net after he rebounded a ball off a blocked shot by Big Red’s goalkeeper.
It proved to be the difference as Linsly went on to secure a victory over Steubenville in a defensive battle, 1-0.
The game was a little bit different for the Cadets as it was moved from their home field to the East Wheeling Complex because of extreme rainfall earlier in the week.
“It took us a little bit to grow into that game,” Linsly coach Greg Martin said. “That’s the first time we’ve played on turf this year instead of natural grass. We were kind of a step slow in that first half. Give Steubenville a lot of credit, they have a lot of good athletes out there playing. They made it difficult for us, that’s for sure. But we were able to put our nose to the ground and really grind one out there in the end”
The first half saw both goalkeepers keeping busy as Linsly’s Chaz Gaphery and Steubenville’s Jacob Clevenger made a handful of saves to keep the game scoreless at the half.
“When two really good teams are playing and there’s not much of a difference, sometimes it is how that ball bounces,” Martin said. “We were fortunate that it bounced right to our guy’s feet and he was in a good spot being aggressive and tucked it away.”
Clevenger finished with 10 saves while Gaphery secured nine.
Steubenville looked to start the second half quick as in the opening minute it saw an open shot, but the ball went over the goal.
“Both teams had opportunities and they were able to capitalize on the first, but we’re proud of our team’s effort,” Steubenville coach Greg Bowers said. “That was a much better effort than we gave last week, which was what we were looking for us to do.”
For Linsly’s goal, Arman Toyserkani had a nice look and took a shot. Clevenger made a solid save. However, Solano was the first one to get to the ball and was able to tuck it away to make it 1-0 in favor of the Cadets.
Both Steubenville and Linsly are in contention for the OVAC Tournament. Big Red is in second place in Class 5A while Linsly sits at third in 1A/3A.
Steubenville has a couple of big games before the tournament rolls around.
“We’ll see what it does for us,” Bowers said. “We’ve got two more tough tests before the cutoff with Wheeling Park and Weir next week, so we’ll see where the cards play. This is the effort we need every game and if we give this effort every game, we’ll get better and good things will happen for us.”
With the victory over Big Red, Martin said it will help give his team confidence moving forward.
“That’s a huge win for us,” Martin said. “It’s a confidence booster for us for sure going into OVACs with it a week away, really. Huge confidence booster, for sure.
“That’s one of the better teams we beat this year. All the credit to them (Big Red). They played hard and made it hard for us and we’ll take some confidence away from it.
“If we can compete with those guys, we can compete with those guys in the OVAC. We’re excited.”
Wheeling Central 2, Oak Glen 1
WHEELING — Thomas Minor and Angelo Gentile both scored goals as Wheeling Central defeated Oak Glen. Austin Nestor supplied an assist for the Maroon Knights while David Acgaoili had five saves.
Gage Bailey netted the lone goal for the Golden Bears while Jacob Clark tallied seven saves.
Indian Creek 4, Brooke 0
MINGO JUNCTION — Alpha Jallow secured a hat trick as Indian Creek shut out Brooke. Anthony Perrino had the other goal for the Redskins while Logan Davis tallied 15 saves.
Garrett Bernardini had four saves for Brooke.
Harrison Central 3, St. Clairsville 2
CADIZ — Even Stine scored two goals as Harrison Central defeated St. Clairsville for the first time in program history. Eric Leech had a goal and assist for the Huskies.
Caden Stout and Cade Wolfe both scored goals for the Red Devils.
Wheeling Park 6, Beaver Local 0
WHEELING — Emma Delk and Grace Hanna both scored twice as Wheeling Park shut out Beaver Local. Delk also dished out two assists for the Patriots. Abbey Anderson had a goal and two assists while Mia Zecca found the back of the net and secured an assist.
Deanna Crumm had 12 saves.
Magnolia d. Weir 25-21, 25-8, 25-19
WEIRTON — Kyndra Pilant compiled eight points, five blocks, 16 kills and 28 digs as Magnolia defeated Weir in straight sets. Mady Winters was also solid for the Blue Eagles as she stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, four aces, six blocks, nine kills and nine digs while Lenecia Grimm had nine points, 27 assists and eight digs. Kayna Anderson tallied nine points and 42 digs.
St. Clairsville d.
Martins Ferry 25-4, 25-14, 25-3
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Kenzie Schoolcraft had 29 points and five aces as St. Clairsville defeated Martins Ferry. Alexa Binger secured six kills and four blocks for the Red Devils while Katie Miller had 17 assists.
University d. John Marshall 12-25, 11-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-11
MOUNDSVILLE — Emily Harr compiled nine kills and 11 digs but John Marshall fell to University. Lydia Knutsen had 23 digs for the Monarchs while Emily Griffith had 30 assists.
Paden City d. Notre Dame
Paden City d. Valley 25-16, 25-18
PINE GROVE — Mallory Yeater totaled 10 points, nine aces, 10 aces, 11 assits, seven digs and three kills as Paden City secured a victory over Paden City and Notre Dame in a tri-match. Cora Anderson was also solid for the Wildcats with 21 points, five kills, three aces and eight digs. Abbe Stackpole added 14 points and nine digs.
River d. Monroe Central
14-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 15-13
WODDSFIELD — Lauren Flannery had five aces, 22 kills, 17 digs, 13 points as River defeated Monroe Central. Allison Bennett had 47 sets, 21 digs and six points while Candace Caldwell secured three assists, 20 digs, 9 points.
Trista Morris led the way for the Seminoles with 12 kills, 14 points, five aces and 26 digs. Rymie Bishop had seven assists, 10 points and four aces.
Indian Creek d. Buckeye Local
25-9, 25-12, 25-8
WINTERSVILLE — Jenna McCallister paced Buckeye Local with four points and 14 assists, but the Panthers fell to Indian Creek. Mary Dagan had three points, three kills and four blocks. Rachel Moore charted eight digs.
Shadyside d. Bridgeport
25-13, 25-10, 25-4
BRIDGEPORT — Madison Davis stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, six aces and 16 assists as Shadyside defeated Bridgeport in straight sets.
Haley Esposito added 13 points and six digs, while Macy Coffland chipped in four points and six kills. Jillian Joseph contributed four points, eight digs and seven kills.