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Wheeling Park tops South boys, 3-0

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg Southás Tyson Meadows tries to settle the ball with his chest as Wheeling Parkás Scott Petticord looks on during Wednesday nightás match at Erickson All-Sports Facility.

Photo by Jay W. Bennett

Parkersburg Southás Tyson Meadows tries to settle the ball with his chest as Wheeling Parkás Scott Petticord looks on during Wednesday nightás match at Erickson All-Sports Facility.

PARKERSBURG ä In a battle of the Patriots here Wednesday night inside Erickson All-Sports Facility, visiting Wheeling Park received a clean slate from Dannen Foraker en route to a 3-0 victory against Parkersburg South.

The host Patriots, who dropped to 0-4 and will conduct senior day at 10 a.m. Saturday versus Tyler Consolidated, kept it scoreless for nearly 34 minutes.

However, Park head coach Mario Julianás squad beat keeper Garrett Lewis (10 saves) twice in the final 6:11 to hold a 2-0 cushion at intermission.

âWeáve lost two,ã noted South head coach Jamie Whitlatch of not having freshman Christian Barton (broken arm) and junior Zach Scott (leg injury) available for the match. âHe broke it in two places.

âI mean, today, the effort was phenomenal. These kids played with heart and passion and we went a little more defensive today, but we had opportunities still. It was a little different than what we played against other teams.ã

A pass from Nick Piggott in the fifth minute led to a run by Kellson Cobble and in the 16th minute PSHS senior co-captain Evan Rose had a shot in the box that went wide.

Foraker made his lone save in the 28th minute on a long shot by Dylen White.

Wheeling Park (2-1) got the only goal it ended up needing with 11 ticks remaining in the 34th minute when Matteo Gattesco picked up an assist thanks to a header by Cole Meredith.

It appeared that would be the score at halftime, but Park had other ideas and with 34.6 seconds left before the break Andrew Glass assisted on Alex Canestraroás tally.

âI thought South did a nice job hustling,ã coach Julian stated. âThey didnát give us anything. It was different. Weáre used to playing on some field turf. This was different.

âWe still had a lot of chances. We just didnát put them in. I liked the effort and the way we played. We kept battling and anytime you get a clean sheet youáre excited about that.ã

The visitors stayed on the offensive to open the second half and nearly made it 3-0 in the 51st minute, but a header by Manual Juanez, Jr. went wide.

PSHS went on the attack a minute later when Tobi Adebuluás throw-in led to a run by Cobble, but nothing materialized.

Wheeling Park got its final goal in the 53rd minute when Meredith assisted on Canestraroás third goal of the campaign, which came via a header. Meredith has found the back of the net four times so far.

Nick Murphy, the host Patriotsá other senior co-captain, had a free kick from 37 yards out in the 61st minute. Piggott also had a free kick from 52 yards away in the 67th minute, but it was headed out of danger by Parkás Hayden Barbour.

Visiting Patriot Luke Dunaway blistered a rocket in the 71st minute, but Lewis was able to make the save.

âThat will be a little better game for us to gauge ourselves,ã coach Whitlatch noted of Saturdayás tilt against the Silver Knights.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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