PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg sophomore Adrian Burk scored his first career varsity goal with 57 seconds left in the match to put an exclamation mark on the Big Reds' 3-0 boys soccer victory here Tuesday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
The Big Reds got the only goal they ended up needing in the 18th minute when Tommy Logston beat Patriot keeper Lincoln Morgan on a penalty kick.
"Zac Wilcoxen and Tyler Broadwater played outstanding," said PHS head coach Don Fosselman, whose squad improved to 10-2-2 and entertains Huntington on Thursday. "We dominated in the defensive end and we got control of the ball.
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Parkersburg's Cameron Morris is chased by Parkersburg South's Juan Cardenas Tuesday during their match at the Erickson All-Sports Complex. Parkersburg scored a 3-0 victory.
"We just had trouble putting the ball in the back of the net, but they had a lot of numbers in the back so it was kind of hard to get one through."
Parkersburg South trailed by a goal at intermission and fell behind 2-0 at the start of the 48th minute when Wilcoxen smoked a shot into the lower left portion of the net that wasn't cleared by the Patriot defense following Big Red Nick Payne's corner kick.
"The boys played well and played aggressive," said Patriot head man Ed Ayers. "PHS played well. It should've been 0-0 at halftime. I'm proud of what they done."
PHS keeper Reid Strobl worked a clean slate against the Patriots, who nearly made it 2-1 in the 61st minute when Dillon Dowler fed Andrew Suggs, but the shot wasn't on goal and went just above the crossbar.
Less than three minutes before Logston assisted on Burk's goal, the Patriots had a shot to cut the deficit in half. However, Dowler's direct kick from around 20 yards out was nearly caught by Strobl, who then had to turn around and pick it up just before it crossed the line for a PSHS goal.
Parkersburg South (7-4-2) returns to action at 5 p.m. today when the Patriots take on University in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference quarterfinal tilt which will be played at Brooke.
Broadwater had a couple of solid chances off corner kicks for header goals, but couldn't find the back of the net. Big Red Tyler Miller also had a shot denied by Morgan in the 79th minute.
In the first half, Patriot Juan Cardenas had a steal and tried to get a through ball to Andrew Steele, but it was just long. Parkersburg followed that in the 10th minute with a pass from Tyler Bro to Matt Powney, but Powney couldn't get much on the shot.
Before the penalty kick, Miller had a nice through ball to Logston that was cleared by Patriot Brad Emerick. Shortly after the PK goal by Logston, PSHS got a deep through ball from Isaac Boles to Suggs, but Suggs' shot was wide and not on goal.
The two Wood County rivals will meet again next Tuesday at Parkersburg's Stadium Field.