PARKERSBURG - Celebrating Senior Night, host Parkersburg South built a 3-0 lead with 28:55 to play, then staved off a late Ripley rally to post a 3-2 boys soccer victory over the Vikings Tuesday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
The win pushed the Patriots' record to 11-6 with their regular-season finale set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Capital in a varsity-only match. In next week's Class AAA sectional tournament, third-seeded South will face No. 2 seed Parkersburg High in the semifinals on Tuesday night at Stadium Field at PHS.
Ripley, now 7-9-3, will next play in its AAA sectional next Wednesday or Thursday, Oct. 23 or 24.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Ripley goalie Caleb Jennings grabs a corner kick between Parkersburg South's Brad Emrick, left, and Lincoln Morgan. South scored a 3-2 victory.
South first scored at 16:01 of the first half on a senior-to-senior connection. Brett Mattson fed the ball ahead to Dillon Dowler, coming in on goal from the left side, and he booted it home past Viking goalie Caleb Jennings for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Patriots made it 2-0 at the 33:14 mark as senior Wyatt Parsons scored on a rebound shot. A keeper save by Jennings ricocheted out to Parsons, coming in on the right, and he hammered it back past the goalie.
Less than five minutes later, the count climbed to 3-0 with 28:55 remaining.
Dowler stole the ball away from Jennings, who came out to get it, only to have Dowler work his way around Jennings to repossess the ball, then drill it into the far side of the net.
But Ripley senior Jojo Greeley-Fay made it close with two goals in the last 17:21 of play. He kicked in a goal from long range over South keeper Adam Colteryahn's head and into the net, then followed that with just 1:35 left by taking the ball all the way downfield to score again, narrowing the final gap to only 3-2.
"We finally played together as a team tonight," said South head coach Ed Ayers, who both started and finished the game with all 11 of his seniors on the field. "We worked the ball tremendously; that was the big thing because when we do, we're dangerous then. Our boys played very well."
Still, Ayers admitted he "got to worrying a little bit there the end because Ripley's dangerous. They could have snuck another one in there real easily."