Parkersburg High boys soccer unloads on Riverside

Parkersburg’s Keegan Bush controls the ball while Riverside’s Tyler Hopkins defends during the Big Reds’ 10-0 win on Tuesday against the Warriors at Ohio Valley University. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

VIENNA — Jacob McKnight recorded his first shutout of the campaign and seven different Big Reds found the back of the net here Tuesday evening at Ohio Valley University as Parkersburg dominated Riverside, 10-0, in Mountain State Athletic Conference soccer action.

PHS, which improved to 1-3-1 for head coach Don Fosselman, had to move the match from Stadium Field because the new turf wasn’t quite ready. However, the Big Reds will have their home opener when they play their next match versus Athens at 10 a.m. Saturday when junior varsity action gets underway.

“Team victory, everyone had a hand in putting it together,” said Fosselman, whose club got two goals apiece from Isaiah Owen, Anthony Bradford and Kiran Patel.

“I’m very proud of the young men. We have a good team. We just need to get over the edge and maybe this was the starting point.”

Just two seconds into the sixth minute, Owen beat Warrior keeper Landon Faber for the only goal the Big Reds needed.

Early in the 21st minute, Bradford scored via a JT McCay assist and the match was stopped so the teams could have a water break due to the heat. However, RHS (0-4) fell behind 3-0 just 29 ticks later when action resumed as Ashton Farnsworth made a pass in the box to Patel, who booted it home.

With 1:49 left before intermission, Bradford scored again thanks to a Patel assist.

As much as the first half belonged to the red and white, it was more of the same in the final 40 minutes.

Riverside, which plays host at 7 p.m. Thursday to South Charleston and got 15 saves from Faber, found itself down 5-0 after Grant Miller booted one home from a Hank Hines assist in the 55th minute.

Hines got another assist just 6 minutes later when he fed the ball to Owen, who managed to track it down as Faber came out to make a play. However, Owen was able to push the ball past the keeper while doing a fancy side-step and then softly kicked the ball into the empty net for a 6-0 bulge.

PHS added on two more tallies in the 65th and 67th minute, respectively. Tanner Stauffer assisted on Patel’s second goal. Stauffer then managed to intercept a pass from Faber intended for a Warrior defender and got an unassisted goal.

In the 72nd minute, Stauffer once again was involved in the scoring as his feed to Nick Fosselman made it 9-0. PHS added its final goal with 5:58 to play when McCay found the back of the net via a Logan Henthorn assist.

“Saturday, I can’t wait to get on it and see how it feels,” said McKnight, who had three saves, of getting on the new turf for the first time. “We’ve had a really front-heavy schedule. This helps our confidence and we got a shutout for the defense.”

Riverside’s Carson Casto, who left in the second half with a lower leg injury, had two of the Warriors’ shots on goal.

The Big Reds had some other solid chances, which included a second-half shot by Sam Potts after a Caden Rogers throw-in, but Faber made the save. Franklin Angelos made a run in the 53rd minute, but his shot went wide. Potts also fell victim of being close to a tally in the 28th minute when his laser in the box drilled the post. Also, Terrance Wright sent a shot from the left side of the box in the 34th minute, which caromed off the far post and then went all the way across the goal line but failed to cross it.

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