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Big Reds claim 5-0 win over rivals

Photo by Joe Albright Parkersburg’s Ashton Farnsworth and Parkersburg South’s Clay Burrows (17) battle for the ball during the Big Reds’ 5-0 win over the Patriots Tuesday at PHS Stadium Field.

PARKERSBURG — Don Fosselman’s squad ran its winning streak to three games after a 5-0 victory over crosstown rival Parkersburg South Tuesday night at PHS Stadium Field.

On a night were Fosselman was absent recovering from surgery, his son, Donny, helped the Big Reds improve to 6-4-2. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission awarded the Big Reds their fifth win after a 2-0 contest with 20 minutes left against Woodrow Wilson was called due to a fight.

Sam Potts scored two goals, while Anthony Perez, Hank Hines and Isaiah Owen each found the back of the net once against the Patriots.

No goal more beautiful than Owen’s lofting tally from seven yards out over the outstretched hands of Patriot goalkeeper Chase Hawkins. “It was a beautiful ball from Hank and the goal keeper probably thought he could come out and get it,” said Owen. “I got there a lot quicker than he did and I saw he was pushed out so I just put it over top rather than trying to go right through him.”

Owen’s goal set the score at 3-0 with 12 minutes left until the half, a place the Patriots didn’t want to be as the Big Reds’ defense has been strong the last six outings.

The unit, along with goalkeeper Jacob McKnight, now owns a streak of six consecutive contests allowing one goal or less.

“The defense is tremendous,” said Owens. “We knew from the start we were going to have a great defense. We started slow on offense but have worked on that and it has shown, but our defense is awesome.”

To his point, PHS’ offense wasted little time giving the dominant unit room to be aggressive. Potts’ first goal five minutes into the action gave the Big Reds a 1-0 lead. A score which was hard to swallow for Hawkins. The senior blocked the initial kick only to watch the ball bounce backward into the goal after it hit the ground. Ashton Farnsworth received credit for the assist.

Hawkins suffered a bad bounce again after a save on an Isaiah Morgan kick found the boot of a streaking Perez in the 17th minute. His rebound shot went just past the outstretched hands of a recovering Hawkins.

Chances for a Patriots’ offensive recovery were few and far between. Two shots on net were all South was allowed in the first half. Woes continuing in the second half with only four looks at the scoring box.

PHS now looks to run its winning ways to four in a row against South Charleston on the road at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Stump and company welcome Brooke for a 7 p.m. varsity start the same evening.

Neither coach accepted interview requests after the contest.