South girls roll Spring Valley

Patriots handle Timberwolves, 8-0

PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg South dominated play both offensively and defensively throughout its 8-0 girls soccer shutout win over Spring Valley Thursday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility as the Patriots used senior night to get in some preparation for the upcoming Class AAA sectional tournament on Monday.

South, now 10-5-2, has a final regular-season game 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Preston before meeting Parkersburg High at 7 p.m. Monday at Erickson in the first round of the sectional with the winner advancing to play Ripley in the sectional final.

Thursday, though, saw the Patriots notch four goals in each half as they fired away at the Timberwolf keeper with 30 shots on goal, to a single SOG and 22 saves for Spring Valley.

“It was obviously a dominant performance,” said South head coach Ron Bucholtz. “Being senior night, the girls were a little bit pumped up. We needed to have a game where we could get some offense rolling. I was happy with the way the girls played, and we passed the ball well.

“But unfortunately for Spring Valley (5-13-1), they’ve been struggling this year after graduating a really good class last year because they were a significantly-stronger opponent last year.”

South peppered SV keeper Kim Holland with shots on goal right from the start Thursday after Bucholtz started all five of his seniors — co-captains Aiyana Lauderman and Sophia Miller along with Kaylea Wilson, Holly Haught and Olivia Koon.

And it didn’t take long for the shots to fall in the net for the Patriots. The first two both came in the fourth minute of play on goals by Lauderman and Audrie Leasure, off assists from Callie Leasure and Jordan Huffman respectively. The other two first-half scores were both by Lauderman in the 16th and 31st minutes with assists from Callie Leasure and Huffman.

At the midpoint of the first half, Spring Valley had only been in the South end of the field twice, then actually threatened once with nine minutes remaining in the half, but never got off a shot on goal.

In the second half, Callie Leasure scored the initial two goals off assists from Wilson, and the two final scores were Holly Haught with an assist from Riley Pigott and Wilson off a Lauderman assist.

“We’re trying to get ourselves ready for the playoffs, because we’re unfortunately in the toughest region in the state with four of the top eight teams in our region,” said Bucholtz. “So we know every team’s going to be a challenge in the sectional and hopefully on into the regional if we can get that far.”