PARKERSBURG - Host Parkersburg High wasn't that flustered when Parkersburg South tied wednesday night's boys soccer match at 1-1 in the second half, instead rallying with two late goals to post a 3-1 win over the Patriots at Stadium Field.
Dillon Dowler for South knotted the score at 1-all with 21:28 to play, but PHS's Evan Rhodes and Tommy Logston netted Big Red goals at 6:23 and 3:30 respectively down the stretch to pull out the win, the 15th against just one loss and two ties .
PHS next plays at noon Saturday versus George Washington for the MSAC championship at Coonskin Park in Charleston, while South, now 10-6, plays at Warren at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Tyler Bro battles Parkersburg South's Wyatt Parsons for the ball Wednesday at Stadium Field. The Big Reds won, 3-1.
PHS pounced on the Patriots early, getting a goal at the 34:18 mark of the first half as Matt Powney maneuvered around in front of the net, but not too far out, before finding an opening to boot it in, and the count stood at 1-0 at the half.
But after Dowler's goal squared things at 1, PHS regrouped and put in a pair of clutch goals in the final 6:23 to decide the issue.
First, Rhodes took a pass from Logston and hammered home a shot on an angle to the left, and then Logston headed in a shot just 3:30 before the final horn.
At Stadium Field
Parkersburg High boys 3,
Parkersburg South 1
South (10-6) 0 1 - 1
PHS (15-1-2) 1 2 - 3
PHS: Matt Powney, assist Tommy Logston, 34:18, 1st half
SOUTH: Dillon Dowler, assist Caleb McHenry, 21:28, 2nd half
PHS: Evan Rhodes, assist Logston, 6:23, 2nd half
PHS: Logston, 3:30, 2nd half
Shots on goal: PHS 15, South 4
Keeper saves: South 9 (Adam Colteryahn), PHS 3 (Reid Strobl)
Corner kicks: PHS 8, South 2
Next matches: South at Warren 6 p.m. Saturday; PHS vs. George Washington for MSAC championship at noon Saturday at Coonskin Park in Charleston
"If anything, it was a good wake-up call for us," said PHS head coach Don Fosselman, who decried his team's so many scoring opportunities, but so few goals until the final six minutes. "When we have the opportunities, we have to at least try to finish them off."
PHS had many more chances throughout the game, 15 shots on goal to just a third of that for South, whose keeper Adam Colteryahn made nine saves to just two for Big Red goalie Reid Strobl.
South head coach Ed Ayers thought his team "played very well,. We had a couple breakdowns right there at the end, but I think we're contenders when the sectional (tournament) starts."