One Is Enough

PARKERSBURG – Making a goal in the first five minutes stand up, host Parkersburg High posted a 1-0 girls soccer victory over Riverside Thursday night at Stadium Field.

PHS improved to 8-4-2 on the season with an important matchup set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday versus visiting George Washington, while with the narrow loss, the Warriors are now 7-4-1.

The Big Reds were on the attack almost right from the start Thursday, leading to a quick goal by Lauren Taylor just 4:02 into play.

Kailey Cox fed Taylor for the score. Taylor took the pass from Cox in front of the goal on the left side and booted the ball into the net at the 35:58 mark.

It was almost midway through the first half at 20:16 before PHS goalie Sunni Terosky had her first save on a Beckley shot on goal, although Riverside goalie Kara Knapp staved off a couple other prime PHS scoring opportunities in the final 12 minutes of the first half to keep the deficit only 1-0 at halftime.

The Warriors – despite being scrappy, pesky and physical – threatened rarely in the second half, while the Big Reds had more than several good chances to score more, but were thwarted by Knapp, who finished with 13 saves.

“Whether it’s 1-0 or 10-0, it’s a win,” said PHS head coach Kristen Schreiber. “Our defense held strong and didn’t allow them many, if any, real opportunities on goal – and that’s a positive.

“We, though, still have to get better in the offensive third. It’s not been great for us, and we need to start getting better at that before the tournament starts. Offensively, we just have to get better – that’s the bottom line.”

Schreiber, who told her team “I’m not happy” at halftime, saw her squad “start to value the ball a bit more in the second half.”

And “for us,” she added, “we’re always a work in progress when we’re in (the regular) season yet. You hope that they continue to get better and better, so that come tournament time, we’re playing at the top of our game. Hopefully, that’s when we should be at where we could be.”