Maroon Knights Edge Linsly, 3-2
WHEELING — While the ending to the game was not what either team had in mind, Wheeling Central was able to celebrate its senior night with a victory against Linsly. The Cadets scored within the first three minutes of the game before Wheeling Central scored the next two goals en route to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night at the East Wheeling Complex.
“Terrible way to end, but the 79 minutes was a great soccer game between two teams,î” Wheeling Central coach Brian Komorowski said. “We started a little flat. We tried to talk about that, it didn’t come out better. But we recovered better, we rebounded, we had a game plan going into it. We executed really well and went from there.î”
There was some controversy near the end of the contest. With about 90 seconds left, the referees called the game because there was a fan in the crowd made one of the refs fell unsafe.
“The referee told me he felt unsafe… That’s what I was told,” Linsly coach Greg Martin said. “It was cut short because he felt unsafe and apparently there was no field administrator on site to remove whatever individual he felt unsafe from, so the ref decided to call the match… That’s what I was told. He couldn’t find a field administrator and that he felt unsafe.”
Added Komorowski, “They asked for the aministrator. There was one in the crowd, but I don’t know where they were. And then he just called the game. I don’t like it. I wished we could have played the last 90 seconds.”
The Cadets came out hot as Michael Flynn wasted little time to get his team on the scoreboard as he saw one of his kicks go in the back of the net to put the score at 1-0 with 37:01 left in the first half.
About 9 minutes later, the Maroon Knights got on the board. Kyle Newmeyer dished an assist out to Jacob Estep as he fired a kick that tied the game. Estep was at it again a little less than two minutes later. This time he got behind the defense where Thomas Minor secured a perfect pass.
Luke Zwicker tried to go up and make a save, but Estep was able to keep control, get behind him and bury the ball in the back of the net to put the score at 2-1.
“They learned in the past, first time we played them and this time we can play with them,” Komorowski said. “It’s taken a few years to get to that level, but we can finally start playing with them. It was a good game. We were just trying to get the ball wide and play wide. Then to be able to get the ball back in the middle and we started doing it and that’s how we scored our last goal.”
It looked like Wheeling Central went up 3-1 later in the first half on an indirect kick. The ball went into the back of the net, but the ball wasn’t touched before it went in.
The Cadets, though were able to tie the game early in the second half. About four and a half minutes in, Will Carson tied the game at 2-2.
“We weren’t at our best (Wednesday),” Martin said. “I could tell in practice, we didn’t have real great couple days leading up to it… Felt really flat during warmup. But we came out in the first five minutes and did really well. Maybe scoring really early was the worst thing that could happen to us because I think we kind of backed off a little bit. Everything was a touch off. A touch too long or a touch this way or that way. It just wasn’t the same chemistry we have typically when we’re playing these matches. We definitely weren’t at our best.”
Estep was also a part of Wheeling Central’s final scoring play as he dished out a perfect pass to Jerod Buck as he saw his kick go into the back of the next to put the score at 3-2 with about 11:15 remaining.
While not playing goalie all year, Zwicker gathered nine saves for the Cadets.
“He’s showing some real leadership there,” Martin said. “We’re in a tough spot and he comes in and plays in goal and he did the best he could and that’s all we can ask for him. He did a great job and made a lot of great saves out there. He hasn’t trained with the exception for the last couple of days… He has not trained that all year. It was real nice for him to step in and do that.”
David Agcaolili had nine saves for the Maroon Knights. He is one of four seniors for the Maroon Knights along with Newmeyer, Buck and Angelo Gentile.
“”It’s great for the seniors,” Komorowski. “Those seniors started out their career, I think their first year they didn’t win a game; the second year they won two games and to bring it all the way back to this, it’s really nice for them because they’ve been a huge part of turning the program around.”
John Marshall 7
Monroe Central 2
GLEN DALE–Cooper Curto and Anthony Carman each netted two goals to lead John Marshall past visiting Monroe Central.
Carman also collected nine saves for the Monarchs.
Hayden Thomas dished out two assists and scored a goal in the win, while Justin Mencer delivered a goal and an assist and Jackson Palkovic added a goal.
Wesley Eskridge handed out four assists for JM.
East Canton d. Conotton Valley
25-23, 14-25, 25-20, 25-22
EAST CANTON–Conotton Valley fell to 5-14 on the season after falling to East Canton.
Despite the loss, the Rockets were led by Kelci Manbeck’s 13 points, four aces and 19 assists to go along with Maggie Bower’s 10 points, 11 kills and 13 digs.
OVAC Class 4A Semifinal
Oak Glen d. Beaver Local
25-17, 25-14, 18-25, 25-21
(at East Liverpool)
EAST LIVERPOOL — Jaedyn Hissam had 12 points, four aces, 90 sets, 44 assists, four spikes and four digs as Oak Glen defeated Beaver Local. The Golden Bears will face off against East Liverpool in the championship game at Union Local High School Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.
Hannah Rogers was also solid with five points, 11 spikes, 13 kills and 11 digs while Hannah Tice compiled six points, seven spikes, nine kills, five blocks and three digs.
McKayla Goodlin secured nine points, four spikes, six kills and three digs.