Another shutout win for PHS girls soccer

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg girls soccer team made a pair of goals in the first eight minutes stand up in a 6-0 win against Cabell Midland Tuesday night at Stadium Field.

The Big Reds improved to 2-0 after posting their second shutout to open the regular season.

“From the get-go, I thought our defense was going to be very good,” PHS coach Kristen Schreiber said. “And they’ve shown that in the first two matches getting two shutouts with minimal shots against us right now.

“The next two games are going to tell us more with Huntington on Thursday and Parkersburg South on Saturday.”

PHS dominated possession of the ball as Cabell Midland didn’t see much action inside the 18-foot box. In the first half alone, the Big Reds attempted eight shots on goal compared to none for the Knights.

Giving PHS the early 2-0 cushion were Rylee Boggess and Abby Johnson each scoring a goal within two minutes of each other. At the 34:57 mark of the first half, Johnson connected with Boggess on the fly and Boggess rifled a shot past the Cabell Midland keeper.

On the very next shot on goal, Johnson intercepted a pass intended for a Knights player 30 yards from the net. Johnson weaved her way deep into Cabell Midland territory and booted a strike into the back of the net with 32:59 still remaining in the first half.

“The focus is that we want to pounce in the first 10 minutes and get that early goal or two,” Schreiber said. “They did that tonight. It helps loosen you up when you get those early goals.”

PHS felt Boggess’ impacts just before the half ended. The sophomore pick-pocketed the ball from a Knights defender inside the box and had a clear look at the goal. The keeper never had a chance as Boggess scored her second goal of the night with 2:00 showing before intermission.

“All summer, the two of them (Boggess and Johnson) have played really well together,” Schreiber said. “They find each other and have been working off of each other very nicely and it’s showing now. The first two games, they have really looked for each other and played balls the way we want them to play them.”

Johnson’s second assist of the match resulted in a goal by Lauren Leaman to give PHS a 4-0 lead at the 36:43 mark of the second half.

Playing their first match of the regular season, Cabell Midland finally put the PHS keepers to work midway in the second half. Katie Stanley recorded both saves, first on Elisabet Gudjonsdottir’s attempt from point blank range after beating three Big Red defenders and again on Aubree Howard-Brown’s direct kick following a yellow card assessed on a Big Red with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

With the shutout still intact and the clock under eight minutes, PHS tacked a pair of insurance goals within a span of 27 seconds by Halie Hill and Dani McCay. Both scores were unassisted.

“I think Cabell Midland got a little tired,” Schreiber said. “They are a young team, but a very good team. This is probably the best Cabell Midland team I’ve seen in my four years at Parkersburg.”