Maroon Knights Secures Victory Over Red Riders, 2-1

Photo by Cody Tomer Wheeling Central’s Angelo Gentile takes the ball downfield as Weir’s Brayden Lawton (4) gives chase during Saturday’s match at the 16th Street Field

WHEELING–Wheeling Central took a major step forward on Saturday.

For the first time in the three year tenure of head coach Brian Komoroski, the Maroon Knights defeated Weir by a 2-1 count at the 16th Street Field.

The Red Riders (2-4) ended the Knights’ season a year ago with a 1-0 win in the sectional final, so securing this win was a great feeling for Central (5-1).

“This is a big monkey off our backs,” Komoroski said. “It’s been a long time since Wheeling Central beat Weir. It’s probably five, six or seven years since we beat them. We are stepping in the right direction.

“We’ve improved and feel we are better than we were last year. We knew we could play with them coming in and in previous years we haven’t.

“We basically looked at their formation and tried to man up with it. We also tried to have good counter attacks, which we did.”

Following the match, even Riders’ coach Matthew Kopp took notice of the improvements made by the opposition.

“They have gotten a lot stronger than they have been in recent years,” Kopp said. “They were young but have gotten older now.

“It was an evenly matched game and sectionals are going to be a lot more competitive this year than it has been in a long time.”

The Knights struck first at the 13 minute mark when Thomas Minor swiped the ball away from the Riders at midfield and sent it along down the middle to teammate Jacob Estep, who fired a shot into the cage for the 1-0 edge.

Just over nine minutes later, Weir knotted the match as Jacob Warrick rebounded his own missed shot and found the back of the net the second time around. Jericho Givens garnered the assist on the play.

With the match deadlocked late in the first half, senior Angelo Gentile delivered what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Estep kicked off the play by gathering possession and sending a cross pass to Gentile, who finished on the other end to give Central the 2-1 advantage at the 33 minute mark of the first.

“Estep gave him a great cross pass and Gentile just came over and backdoor slid and hit it in,” Komoroski said. “It was just a matter of crashing the net and finishing it.”

Both defenses stepped up in the second half as neither offense could manage to score.

Wheeling Central goalkeeper David Agcaoili was a big reason why. The senior finished with nine saves, made crucial saves in the final moments of the match and made a spectacular leaping, one-handed save midway through the first half.

“David did a great job when he needed to,” Komoroski said. “He came up with some really big saves for us there at the end.

“Our defense played well and our two defensive center-mids did very well marking up their center-mids.

“We just played a solid game (Saturday).”

Weir goalkeeper Skylar Jackson tallied three saves, while the Riders’ offense outshot the Knights 10-5.

“I think we controlled most of the game,” Kopp said. “I feel we were the better team but we just made a few mistakes that let us down. We didn’t capitalize on our own chances in the end.

“When we see them again, we are hoping for a better result.”

That next match could very well come in the sectional finals, where both teams will be eager to take the field.

“It’s going to come down in October again and that’s what we want,” Komoroski said. “This was a great game by both teams and a 2-1 result is exactly what we wanted.”

Steubenville 2,

Cambridge 1

CAMBRIDGE–Noah Reinacher and Kwamai Hosdil both score goals to lift Steubenville to a narrow win over host Cambridge.

Ian Phillips and Johnny Westlake each turned in assists for Big Red (3-0).

Girls

Wheeling Central 7

Cambridge 2

CAMBRIDGE — Kenadee Wayt broke the Wheeling Central scoring record as she record her 89th goal in the Maroon Knightsí victory over Cambridge. Wayt found the back of the net twice and also dished out two assists while Alaina Zende, Abigail Gerney, Alexis Paras, Addyson Thomas and Elisabeth Bockstoce also scored. Bockstoce also had two assists.

Steubenville 8, Edison 0

STEUBENVILLE–Jadyn Bennett recorded a hat trick to lead Steubenville past visiting Edison.

Jordan Sarjeant tallied two goals for Big Red and Alli Grimes stopped 13 shots for the Wildcats.

VOLLEYBALL

Buckeye Trail d. Conotton Valley 25-13, 25-17, 28-26

BOWERSTOWN–Conotton Valley fell to 2-3 on the year after a loss to Buckeye Trail.

Kelci Manbeck paced Conotton Valley with 10 digs and nine assists, while Maggie Bower tallied eight points and nine kills and Emily Siedel added seven digs and six points.

Oak Glen Tournament

Brooke d. Weir 25-17, 25-12

Parkersburg South d. Brooke 25-22, 26-24

Magnolia d. Brooke 25-17, 25-13

NEW CUMBERLAND–Brooke went 1-2 in the Oak Glen Tournament, defeating Weir and falling to Parkersburg South and Magnolia.

Chloe Fox paced the Bruins with 51 assists, 22 digs and 12 kills on the day. Maria Kamarados turned in 23 digs and 22 kills and Landyn Haynes added 31 digs and 15 kills for Brooke.

Kayna Anderson supplied 13 points for Magnolia and Leneica Grimm garnered 19 assists in a win.

Oak Glen Tournament Semifinals

Magnolia d. Tyler Consolidated 25-18, 26-24

Oak Glen d. Parkersburg South 25-22, 25-14

Finals

Oak Glen d. Magnolia 25-19, 25-18

NEW CUMBERLAND–Magnolia reached the Oak Glen Tournament championship by defeating Parkersburg South in the semifinals.

The Blue Eagles were led by Maddy Winters’ 10 blocks, 10 kills and five points.

In the championship, the Golden Bears were led by McKayla Goodlin’s 10 points, while Jaedyn Hissam added 25 assists.

Leneica Grimm recorded nine kills and seven blocks in the finals for Magnolia.

Shadyside d. Toronto 25-22, 25-12, 25-19

TORONTO — Madison Davis had 13 points, 15 digs and 28 assists as Shadyside topped Toronto in volleyball for the second time this week, this time on the road.

Sarah Teasdale added 17 points and 12 digs for the Tigers, while Jillian Joseph had 13 digs and eight kills. Haleigh Osman had 18 digs, Riley Brown collected eight kills and seven digs, and Macy Coffland had eight points, 13 kills and seven digs.

CROSS COUNTRY

John Marshall’s Zervos Takes First

MARTINS FERRY –John Marshall’s Zara Zervos repeated in the girls’ race. The sophomore won with a time of 20:34, topping River’s Olivia Beard by 16 seconds. After establishing a course record last year, Zervos returned with another race. It was a solid start to what turned out being a long day for her, as she headed to Parkersburg after the race to play in a soccer match.

Justin Geery of Martins Ferry won the boys’ event in 17:31.

Newcomerstown Invitational

NEWCOMERSTOWN — Shadyside’s Chase Stewart and Harrison Central’s Jasmine Arnold both raced to crowns in the Small School Division.

Stewart, the Tiger senior, clocked in a 16:02.6, 19 seconds better than runner-up Paden Spencer of team champion Fredericktown.

Harrison Central’s Eric Leech was ninth 17:30.5), while the Huskies’ Sam McClelland was 12th (17:38.8)

Arnold , a sophomore, crossed the finish line in 19:40.7, about four seconds ahead of Buckeye Trail freshman Kathryn Williams. Destiny Arnold was seventh for the Huskies, finishing seventh in 20:54.6.

COLLEGE

Benson Hits Milestone as Hilltoppers Roll

INDIANA, Pa. — Raimey Benson notched her 1,000th career kill Saturday as the West Liberty University volleyball team picked up two more impressive wins on the final day of the Quality Inn Crimson Hawk Invitational.

The surging Hilltoppers (7-1) got things started with a 3-0 victory against Holy Family (Pa.) and followed that up with a hard-fought 3-2 win against a Lake Erie (Ohio) team, snapping the Storm’s five-match win streak.

Benson was charted with 16 combined kills in the two matches to put her at 1,007 kills for her career. Madison Clayton and Stephanie Leonard controlled the net with seven blocks each.

Leonard tied Benson and Caitlin Clarke for team honors with seven kills while Kendall Souder and Amanda Leonard finished with 13 and 11 assists, respectively. Kailee Cunningham finished with a team-high 17 digs.

The Hilltoppers got off to another fast start against Lake Erie, taking the first two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-22, but the Storm refused to fold. Lake Erie won the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-16, to force a winner-take-all fifth set only to see WLU regroup for a convincing 15-7 win.

Clarke came up big for the Hilltoppers with a match-high 18 kills while Olivia Baumhoer added 13 kills and a pair of blocks.

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