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Clark Preserves Win for Oak Glen

Photo by Joe Catullo Weir’s Dante Bruno, right, handles the ball away from Oak Glen’s Preston Cole.

WEIRTON — Jacob Clark, who is only one of two seniors on the Oak Glen boys soccer team, showed Monday evening why he is one of the best goalkeepers in West Virginia.

With eight seconds remaining, he helped preserve a 4-3 road victory over rival Weir after blocking a shot from Christian Flannigan, who broke free down the middle.

“On the field, you can see his size and ability, and he’s just a natural at the game,” Oak Glen coach Jaison Polly said. “Off the field, he’s a tremendous young man and a true leader of this team. He’s a great kid. I’m interested to see his career moving forward.”

Clark finished with 14 saves. He did let three get past him, but the Red Riders (3-2) put pressure on the Golden Bears (3-2) after falling behind, 3-0, in the first half.

“He’s all-state for sure. He was the best keeper we played against last year,” Weir coach Matt Kopp said. “If you told me earlier that we would come in and score three goals on Jacob Clark, I wouldn’t believe it. He’s easily one of the best goalies in the state.”

Stephon Polly, Andrew Giambroni and Tenton Richmond, who also had an assist, scored for Oak Glen in the first half. The Red Riders were able to score twice before the end of the half and trailed, 3-2. Goals came from Hunter Hildreth and Antonio Pittman.

In the second half, Weir possessed the ball more times than not and finally broke through with 14:15 remaining. James Littleton, who had an assist earlier, tied the score.

Roughly four minutes later, Stephon Polly had the most impressive shot of the night. The sophomore was on the right side of the 20-yard line and found the left side of the back of the net to give Oak Glen the 4-3 advantage.

“It was a heck of a kick,” coach Polly said. “Any time a goal goes in for us, especially in a tied game that late, it’s big. We definitely needed it, and it gave us the fight we needed because we started to tire out. You can see the fatigue setting in.”

The remaining 10 minutes saw the Red Riders mainly in possession. They had a few opportunities with less than two minutes left, but Clark was up for the challenge.

“We’re obviously disappointed in the result, but at the end of it, I told the boys that I would rather see us lose a game like this than the way we played Big Red and win,” Kopp said. “They had fire (Monday) and acted like a team. They played like a team. It didn’t all come together, especially early, but we can build off of that. I saw a Weir soccer team again tonight to be honest.”

Weir bested Steubenville, 2-1, on Thursday at Harding Stadium. The Red Riders jumped to a 1-0 lead, lost it but fought back for the victory.

“At Big Red, we felt like we were always on the back foot. They were always down our throats,” Kopp said. “Throughout the first three or four games, everybody was out after us. We just kind of took it and had a few chances to put them away. It feels good to go at somebody and be dangerous and attack. We looked like we wanted to do more than just get hit and hope for the best.”

Jonathan Howard made three saves for Weir. John Wansack later replaced him and made one. Jacob Morgan and Flannigan had one assist each.

While the Red Riders are still finding their identity in many ways, the Golden Bears think they know theirs even after just five games.

“We are young and have heart,” coach Polly said. “This is probably one of the best teams I’ve ever coached. The fact that they’re so young, they’re proving to teams that they can play the game, and they will fight through. We only have two seniors and showed a ton of freshmen that we started tonight. The heart and attitudes of these players is what makes this team special.”

GIRLS

Steubenville 7, Steubenville Catholic 1

STEUBENVILLE — Bragging rights belong to Big Red.

Libby Saccoccia collected a hat trick, while Mary Marshall tallied two goals and four assists to lead the Big Red girls soccer team to a victory over Steubenville Catholic to win the city championship on the Tony Recinella Soccer Field at the Michael Carapellotti Crusader Sports Complex.

St. Clairsville 4, Brooke 0

WELLSBURG — The Red Devils cruised to another victory, blanking the Bruins.

St. C. goals were scored by Megan Malin (2), Ariel Ott and Mikayla Hendershot, who also had a pair of assists. Delaney Florence added an assist. Jaeda Nowak had eight saves in net.

GOLF

St. Clairsville 180, John Marshall 183, Steubenville 237

WHEELING — Will Fisher shot a 38 to earn match medalist accolades and lead St. Clairsville to victory.

John Marshall was led by Mason Orndorff’s 42 and Steubenville’s Nick Nurczyk paced Big Red with a 53.

Ritchie County 156, Tyler Consolidated 200, John Marshall 226, Paden City NS

SISTERSVILLE — Anthony Rader shot a 39 to claim medalist honors and lead Ritchie County to victory.

Tyler Consolidated was led by Mason Nichols, who carded a 42. Paden City’s Will McGinnis tallied a 47 and John Marshall’s Quinton Richmond paced the Monarchs with a 50.

Buckeye Local def. Weir

AT BECWOOD, the Panthers picked up another victory, finishing with 170 strokes, which was 49 fewer than the Red Riders.

Aiden Polanski shot a 41 to take medalist honors.

VOLLEYBALL

Valley d. Cameron 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21

CAMERON — Zoey Haught stepped behind the service line and produced three aces to lead Valley over Cameron.

The Dragons were led by Audrey Bock’s 36 digs, Amber Yoho’s 13 digs and five aces and Logan Schrack’s five kills and three aces.

East Liverpool d. Edison 25-18, 27-25, 25-11

RICHMOND — Karissa Speedy turned in five points and nine assists, Gracie Fox tallied seven points and Corinne Freeman added 11 blocks and seven kills but Edison fell to East Liverpool.

Union Local d. Harrison Central, 25-17, 25-14, 15-25, 25-11

CADIZ — Union Local remained perfect with a four-set victory at Harrison Central.

Sophomore Torre Kildow had 23 kills for the Jets to go along with four aces, 15 assists and 10 digs. Casey Kildow added 14 kills, 23 assists and 14 digs.

Reagan Vinskovich added three kills and 12 digs. Chloe Doud had five kills. Baylee Rex had seven digs.

St. Clairsville d. Bellaire, 25-14, 25-27, 25-17, 25-12

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Red Devils picked up another victory, outlasting the Big Reds in four.

The Red Devils were led by Lydia Wees’ 12 kills. Chloe Biancarelli had three aces and 13 assists. Alexis Thoburn notched four kills and 10 digs.

Bellaire was led by Bryanna Beckett’s four aces, 18 assists and nine digs. Jayden Lowe had three aces, three kills and nine digs. Gianna Schmidt added five kills, five digs and three blocks. Katelyn Hart had five kills. Allie Ault had three kills and seven digs, while Sidney Rowson was charted for nine digs.

Monroe Central d. River, 25-12, 25-7, 25-19

WOODSFIELD — Monroe Central completed the season sweep of River with a sweep.

The Seminoles were led by Abby Thompson’s eight kills and two blocks. Kynzi Bishop added seven kills, 11 points, three aces, four assists, while Kalisa Friday had 12 digs. Alexa Marley had 13 points and three aces. Trista Morris had 10 points and four aces. Regan Hamilton had nine assists and eight digs.

River was led by Hannah Raper’s five kills and four digs. Delaney Bolger had six digs, while Emily Taylor had five digs and three aces.

Paden City d. Beallsville 25-15, 25-16, 25-18

PADEN CITY — Mallory Yeater led Paden City to a sweep of Beallsville with her 16 points, nine kills, 21 assists and eight digs.

Hope Weber turned in seven points, 18 kills, nine assists and 11 digs, while McKenzie Thomas tallied 14 digs for the Wildcats.

Steubenville Catholic d. Buckeye Local 25-12, 25-20, 16-25, 18-25, 15-5

STEUBENVILLE — After falling down 2-0 and facing defeat, Buckeye Local fought back to force a fifth set before ultimately falling to Steubenville Catholic.

The Panthers had a strong game from Abbey Kinyo who recorded 10 aces, 19 points, 20 assists and eight kills, while Alexa Williams supplied 16 kills, 21 points and five aces and Kassidy George added 48 digs and 11 points.

(Late Saturday)

Monroe Central d. Magnolia 12-25, 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12

WOODSFIELD — Kynzi Bishop turned in 10 points, 14 digs, six kills and eight assists, while Trista Morris accounted for 10 kills and 14 digs in a Monroe Central win over Magnolia.

Mady Winters paced the Blue Eagles with 31 kills.

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