Patriot boys win
Take down Brooke, 1-0
WELLSBURG–The opportunities were there for Brooke but the goals weren’t on Thursday evening at Brooke Memorial Stadium.
The Bruins delivered 23 shots in the match but came away empty handed every time as Parkersburg South earned a narrow 1-0 road victory.
Seniors Konner Govey and Gage Barnhart led the offensive attack for Brooke with eight and four shots, respectively, but none of the targets reached their mark.
“We had plenty of opportunities but we can’t put the ball in the net,” Brooke coach Joe Pepe said. “We actually controlled the majority of the first half and our second half intensity was fantastic. We put pressure on them but we just can’t put the ball in the net.
“If we would have played 80 minutes the way we played in the second half or if we would have put the ball in the net, we might have won but things happen and that is why they play the game. The sun is going to come up again tomorrow and we play again on Saturday.”
The Patriots only garnered 10 shots on goal but they only needed to land one and they did.
In the 35th minute of the first half, Nick Hawkins secured possession of the ball and swung it over to teammate Julio Lemus, who found Ethan Nedeff for the match’s lone goal. Nedeff sent the ball past Brooke goalkeeper Matthew Reed, who dove to his left to attempt the save but was too late.
“We had great teammwork,” Parkersburg South coach Eric Stump said. “We intercepted the ball, worked it down the field, made a drop pass to the opposite side and hit the striker standing open and he did his job and put it away. It was a great shot and that was the difference (Thursday).”
Parkersburg South (3-6) played the role of spoiler as a win would have put the Bruins in the OVAC tournament. However, the loss will keep Brooke (5-6-1) on the outside looking in.
“A win would have put us in,” Pepe said. “It would have been nice to make OVAC’s two years in a row, especially where we came from but sometimes you have to take two steps backwards to get where you actually want to go.
“Now we have bigger fish to fry. We have to win out and go on to the states.”
Other than allowing the match’s only goal, the Brooke defense was remarkable. With the offense controlling the ball for the majority of the contest, Reed only needed to gather four saves.
“Our defense played extremely well,” Pepe said. “We put together a defense but we have some injured people who normally play, so we have a make-shift defense in there so we had to move people from the midfield back.”
The Patriots defense was tested all night and it rose to the occasion. Led by junior goalkeeper Chase Hawkins, who collected 10 saves, along with senior captain and defender, Bradley Stump.
“Chase Hawkins missed most of the season last year with a broken hand,” Eric Stump said. “He really came back strong for us.
“Bradley Stump was also holding the back line and keeping them out of the box. He did his job.”