Parkersburg High girls blanked 3-0 in soccer match
VIENNA — Hurricane, spearheaded by Sydney Wheeler and Bailey Fisher, posted a 3-0 girls soccer shutout of host Parkersburg High Saturday afternoon at Ohio Valley University.
The setback left the Big Red booters still winless on the season at 0-4, while the visiting Redskins improved to 2-0-1.
Hurricane tallied its initial goal with 24:48 on the scoreboard in the first half when Fisher booted a penalty kick to the right side of the net and PHS goalie Sophie Thompson couldn’t get to it.
Then with the clock showing 7:21 to go in the first 40 minutes of play, Wheeler — the other thorn in the Big Reds’ side all game long — scored to double the Redskins’ lead to 2-0, and that’s what it was at the half.
The second half was more of the first, with PHS seemingly being thwarted at every scoring opportunity, and Wheeler notched her second goal of the day at the 29:11 mark from out front and quite a ways out too.
For the Big Reds, senior goalie Thompson was a bright light with six keeper saves, while Hurricane goalie Olivia Bird had four.
“Hurricane’s a good team; they were physical,” said PHS first-year head coach Brad Morris. “They have a couple really good threats that they capitalized on when we made mistakes. “Wheeler beat us to the ball a lot and Fisher really controlled the midfield. I was aware of Fisher; I had Maddi Leggett mark on her, and she did a superb job. But I missed the bead on Wheeler, who beat us down the middle a few times. So you live and learn, and we’ll get ’em next time.”
“We’re 0-4, but we’re not an 0-4 team right now,” he said. “We’ve played four of the toughest teams in the state (Parkersburg South, George Washington, Bridgeport and Hurricane), and we really controlled three out of four of those games.”
Morris, though, did note that “we need to work on finishing and bettering our chances, capitalizing on our opportunities. And I think there’s a lot of things going to change once we start getting that going.”
He added, “I like our build-up game and our passing game, but on defense, we have a couple breakdowns, but once we seal that up, we control the ball better than any team that I’ve seen so far. And it’s just a matter of turning our opportunities into goals.”