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Williamstown jumps all over Marietta girls

Photo by Josh Hughes Marietta’s Lexi Brown (15) races Williamstown’s Katelyn Pickering for the ball during a high school girls soccer match Tuesday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola.

DEVOLA — In a matchup of two local girls’ soccer heavyweights, it was Williamstown that used a 2-goal first half to ride early momentum and defeat the homestanding Marietta Tigers, 6-0 on Tuesday.

The ‘Jackets used their strikers to make MHS goalie Jocelyn Rings uncomfortable in the opening minutes, as Ella McMullen found the back of the net for the contests first score in the 4th minute.

WHS head coach Ben Rinehart talked about what went into that first-half effort, as his team passed this test in Devola.

“We’ve worked all year on our possessions. First of all, hats off to coach Jeff (Price). He’s got a great team over there,” he said. “They do a really good job, and it’s fun to come over here and play them. This was all about speed and pounding it in there with a good shot selection. Sophia Folwell made some world-class saves you wouldn’t expect someone of her age to make.”

Pressure mounted in the 13th minute, as Rings and the defense couldn’t clear out the ball. Julie Elliott cleaned up the mess for the Yellowjackets from close range, as that gave them a 2-goal cushion.

It wasn’t all bad news for Rings, since she bounced back with two consecutive heads-up saved to limit the damage in the 26th minute.

A Courtney Schuck shot went wide right in the 31st minute, and the ECOL champs continued to struggle to find the back of the net. Head coach Jeff Price talked about the woes and what it will take to improve after this loss

“Williamstown is a very good team. They positioned themselves first to the ball,” he said. We just have to refocus. It’s not that we can’t do it, it’s that we didn’t do that. We just had a really good win at Chilicothe. This just kind of snowballed, and on top of not playing well, we were a little unlucky.

The last 40 minutes were more of the same, as Natalie Chambers and Emma Berman got in on the act. Chambers struck in the 46th, and Berman followed suit right by scoring one minute later.

WHS goalie Sophia Folwell had an efficient outing, and that was capitalized with a jumping save in the 53rd minute to keep the Tigers scoreless.

Two more tallies came across with Elliott scoring her second goal in the 63rd, and Berman joining in with a strike and doing the same in the 70th minute.

Goalkeeper Folwell talked about her big night, as Williamstown continues to ride this wave of success. Folwell recorded a trio of saves on the night.

“I was pretty much just trying to read where she was going to go, and time it right,” she said of her save in the 53rd minute. “The defense also did a good job containing her, so she couldn’t get a good shot off. The defense did such a great job clearing everything out, and the offense made good connections and really great crashes to score.”

Coach Rinehart called this contest a “great tune-up for Parkersburg South,” as the Yellowjackets (11-2-1) face another road hurdle at 11 a.m. Saturday. Price’s Tigers (10-2-1) remain at home, as they welcome Fairfield Union on Saturday in another tough match.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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