PARKERSBURG - In his 26 years of coaching the Parkersburg High School soccer program, Don Fosselman never had seen anything like what took place on Tuesday night at Stadium Field.
The Big Reds were entertaining Hurricane, the team that beat PHS 2-0 in last year's state championship match. At halftime, that again was the score: Hurricane 2, Parkersburg 0.
Things got worse at the start of the second half as Hurricane foreign exchange student Guillermo Ugarte scored his third unassisted goal of the game for a 3-0 Redskins lead with 32:52 to go.
Realistically, this one was over. Parkersburg, to the best of Fosselman's recollection, never had rallied from a 3-goal deficit.
It did that Tuesday -and much more. Hunter Hill took a pass from Austin Yeater with 30:55 left to go to put PHS on the scoreboard. Little did anything know then it would be the first of seven Parkersburg scores in a furious flurry that saw Tyler Bro and Immanuel Opoku-Duah score two goals each with Evan Rhodes and Tommy Logston both scoring a goal and assisting on another.
"That's the greatest game I've seen in 26 years,'' said Fosselman. "We've had some nice comebacks but never anything like this.''
Fosselman despite its 2-0 halftime deficit, there was no panic in the PHS dressing room.
"We decided we were going to win every ball and play as hard as we possibly can,'' Fosselman said. "Hunter Hill turned around the match with his goal. his work ethic and his flying around.''
PHS (3-0-2) will travel to St. Albans on Thursday, with the varsity game at 5 p.m. and the JV contest to follow.