South too much for Park
Senior Patriot keeper Mader recorded five saves in shutout
PARKERSBURG — The shutout streak for the Parkersburg South girls soccer team of head coach Ron Bucholtz continued here Thursday evening at Erickson All-Sports Facility as the Patriots blanked Wheeling Park, 2-0.
PSHS recorded a goal in each half as senior keeper Kendal Mader recorded five saves to earn the shutout.
“The girls defended magnificently,” said the coach, whose squad will eye a 6-0 start along with another hopeful shutout when Woodrow Wilson invades at 1 p.m. Saturday. “We know they are coming in as a quality team. They are kind of in the same boat we are. They are regrouping, reorganizing, I wouldn’t say rebuilding because they are kind of loaded still. They are starting a young team and we are still a fairly young team.
“They moved the ball nicely in their end of the field. Then they got to midfield and we knew they were just going to try and hit those through balls to their fast wingers. They got some pressure on us early. It took our girls time to adjust and get comfortable. Fortunately, we bent a little bit but didn’t break. We had moments where a few balls got through and a few moments with a misstep or a missed pass or missed play, but someone was there to step up for us.”
Park’s Merritt Delk had a potential shot on goal denied in the eighth minute by Mia Miller.
In the 14th minute, Cameron Limer’s deep throw-in allowed Mackenzie Mott to feed Ellie Foggin, but her shot glanced off the crossbar. Shortly after, Ava Barton of the host Patriots sent a cross into the box, but Park’s Ellie Reasbeck cleared it.
As the clock neared intermission, Karleigh Dowler was able to put a soft touch on a pass to a streaking Samara Nunn, who managed to beat keeper Ryleigh Hicks on a low angled shot for the 1-0 lead with exactly two minutes left.
Wheeling Park (2-1) had first-half shots on goal by Kaylee Davis, Graceylyn Hanna and Abby Barki, but couldn’t beat Mader.
The host Patriots managed some breathing room in the 46th minute when Nunn worked the ball in the box to Dowler, who used a juke move to create an open net and easily scored.
WPHS wasn’t able to do anything with its quartet of corner kicks. Park’s third corner, which was taken by Morgan Stauver, was punched out by Mader.
Hannah Habeb had a look in the 54th minute, but wasn’t able to get a solid foot on the ball as it went wide for the hosts.
Parkersburg South’s lone corner came in the 55th minute as Limer’s boot was able to find Mott’s noggin, but she couldn’t put it on frame. Later, Park’s Lily Hanna sent a through to Delk, but South’s Samantha Martin was there to defend.
South’s Kyra Sandy had a chance to make it 3-0 in the 60th minute, but her shot went into the side of the net.
In the 66th minute, South’s Erin Reisbeck had a trio of deep throw-ins. The last led to a cross by Mott, which just missed an attempted header by Barton.
Hicks finished with four saves in the setback.
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