Parkersburg boys take down Hurricane to win MSAC title

Courtesy photo The Parkersburg High boys soccer team defeated Hurricane, 3-0, Saturday to win the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship.

HURRICANE — John Mason got visiting Parkersburg High on the board Saturday at Hurricane in the MSAC Championship game and the Big Reds never looked back, adding two more goals and claiming a 3-0 victory.

Mason’s unassisted goal made it 1-0, Parker Miller added an unassisted goal in the 55th minute and Anthony Bradford made it 3-0 with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Jacob McKnight recorded seven saves and notched a clean sheet.

“Everyone just played an outstanding game,” said PHS head coach Don Fosselman. “We truly were determined to win that game.”

In Parkersburg’s last match against Hurricane, the two teams tied, 1-1. This time, the Big Reds were ready to prove they were the better side.

“Our guys came in with the mindset that we’re one of best teams in state playing one of best teams in state,” Fosselman said. It’s a good measuring stick.”

Mason’s goal off the bench set the tone early in the match.

“John is a non-starter for us, but when he goes in he goes all out for five to six minutes,” Fosselman said. “He goes in and plays hard. A shot richocheted off the keeper and he cleaned it up and put it in the back of the net,”

Fosselman noted that five of the top 10 teams in the state play in the MSAC, so for PHS to rise above the rest of the conference is an impressive accomplishment. According to the veteran PHS boss, it took a complete performance from the whole squad.

“It was a total team effort,” he said. “That’s the only way we’re going to win. We have a lot of individual talent, but if we play as a team, we’re as good as anyone in the state.”

Parkersburg has now won 14 MSAC championships in program history.