Seven Players Score in Wheeling Park Win Over John Marshall
WHEELING — While young, the Wheeling Park girls soccer team has many weapons that it can put on the field. Hence was the case Tuesday evening against rival John Marshall. Seven different players found the back of the net as the Patriots secured a 8-0 victory over the Monarchs at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“We really always emphasize in moving the ball and making the right play. That was really awesome to see,” Wheeling Park coach Carrie Hanna said about seven different players finding the back of the net.
Graceylyn Hanna supplied two goals to pace the Wheeling Park offense. She scored the final goal of the first half with 3:50 remaining to put the score at 3-0.
She then opened up the second half with a score on a penalty kick.
However, while the offense was doing its job, the defense for the Patriots was equally as effective as they kept the shots on goal at a minimum, allowing goalkeeper Ryleigh Hicks to save one shot.
“Our backline is very organized and we have a veteran backline. We have a lot of seniors back there leading us,” Coach Hanna said. “We always so the attack starts from the back. It started from their organization and quality distribution from the back to keep us on the attack for most of the game.”
Adlie Abraham found the back of the net for the Patriots to put her team on the board.
Kaylee Davis, who also had two assists, put the score at 2-0 with 17:30 left in the first.
After Graceylyn Hanna’s two goals, Abby Barki got in on the action followed by a goal from Audrey Lantz and Lily Hanna.
Merritt Delk put the final touches on the game as she found the back of the net to put the score at 8-0 with 3:54 remaining.
For the Monarchs, Isabella Anderson supplied 15 saves.
“I have to say that our girls’ effort was fantastic,” John Marshall coach Ted Zervos said. “There was not one time during the game I thought they got lazy or didn’t put their best effort in. Sometimes I thought they could have made better choices and I’m disappointed in how they don’t get to see the results of the hard work that they do. I’m never disappointed in the girls and their efforts, it’s just, I’m just disappointed, right now at this point they get to feel that their efforts have been worthwhile. We’ve played four of the best teams in th state (Parkersburg South, Morgantown Oak Glen and Wheeling Park) and we’ve competed and battled, but the scoreboard definitely wasn’t in our favor. I just hope that they can keep their heads up because the next part of their schedule are against teams that are even to us or that field the same kind of kids that we do. Kids that touch the ball from August to October.”