PARKERSBURG - Three first-half goals propelled Parkersburg South to a 3-1 boys soccer triumph over visiting Wheeling Park Tuesday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
Senior midfielder Vincent Scalise scored South's first two goals with assists from Lincoln Morgan and Jay Davila at the 37:21 and 18:59 marks respectively of the first half.
Then with 11:34 to go in the first half, Davila tallied a goal with Dylan Hall getting the assist on the play for a 3-0 lead at intermission.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Wheeling Park's Jacob Klatt, left, and Parkersburg South's Lincoln Morgan battle for possession of the ball Tuesday during their game at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
South, with junior keeper Adam Colteryahn making some high-flying and diving saves, blanked Park for all but a goal on a penalty kick by Jonathan Benson at 15:47 of the second half.
Now 3-3 on the season, South travels to Morgantown Thursday for a JV-varsity doubleheader at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. The loss squared Park's record at 2-2.
On South's initial goal, Morgan found Scalise open with a pass in front of the net and Scalise booted the ball in over Park keeper James Miller,
South goal No. 2 saw Davila feed the ball ahead to Scalise heading straight down the field and Scalise kicked it in from the left side.
Goal No. 3 was again a feed-ahead score from Hall to Davila, who took the pass on a break and raced in for the score.
"They all played well, moved the ball well and communicated with each other," said South head coach Ed Ayers about his team. "The boys saw what they were doing right and I was pleased with what they were able to do. Plus, our keeper (Colteryahn) played outstanding again tonight."
In the second half, "we kind of just played even with them," said Ayers, "but kept them off the board except for that penalty kick."