PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg South sophomore Alli Jones snapped a scoreless tie with a goal at 28:42 of the second half to give the visiting Patriots a 1-0 win over Parkersburg High in girls soccer Thursday night at Stadium Field.
The goal, coming either on an assist from Lexi Smith or it may have come on a rebound shot by a ball off the PHS goalie's knee, gave South a lead it didn't relinquish the rest of the way.
South has now gone 1-0-1 versus PHS in the regular season the last two years. The previous match this year was a 1-1 tie at Erickson back on Aug, 31.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Abby Johnson, left, battles Parkersburg South's Meredith O'Bara for the ball Thursday during their match at Stadium Field. The Patriots won, 1-0.
On the lone goal, Smith centered the ball to Jones, who got off a kick that dumped the ball into right side of the net.
"We traditionally play better in the second half," said South second-year head coach Ron Bucholtz. "I thought PHS played every bit as well the whole game, but our second-half play was the difference."
South, now 5-4-1, next plays at 5 p.m. Saturday at Warren, while PHS entertains visiting Wheeling Park at 4 p.m. Saturday, preceded by a JV match at 2 p.m.
There were some keeper saves in the first half, but for the most part, it was a defensive duel.
The Big Reds, now 5-4-2, did have some scoring opportunities after South's goal, but the Patriots rose to the occasion and kept the score 1-0 until the end.
Bucholtz called Jones' goal "a beautiful shot when we needed it."
"I'm proud of our girls because PHS came to play in the first half," said Bucholtz. "But we straightened some things out at halftime and obviously our second half was certainly better, which sort of limited their chances."
"For some reason, it's been tough against South the last couple years," said PHS head coach Kristen Schreiber. "They stepped up and got the one goal they needed tonight and we didn't, so that's the game.
"We played a really good game tonight, and they withstood our pressure, how we played and capitalized on the opportunity that they had."