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South girls win OVAC title

Patriots take second-straight conference crown

The Parkersburg South girls’ soccer team takes a team photo following its 2-1 conference championship victory over Morgantown on Saturday from Wheeling Island Stadium. (Photo provided by Jen Null)

WHEELING — Regan Shockey’s goal via a Samara Nunn assist in the 76th minute here Saturday afternoon at Wheeling Island Stadium lifted top-seeded Parkersburg South past third-seeded Morgantown, 2-1, as the Patriots successfully defended their Class 5A Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title.

“Second in a row and the third in the last four years,” noted Patriot boss Ron Bucholtz, who got five saves from Mackenzie Mott.

Parkersburg South improved to 12-1-1 with the victory and returns to action on Tuesday at Marietta with junior varsity action starting at 5:15 p.m.

“Satisfying win,” added Bucholtz. “They had some beautiful moments in possession against us and we had some brilliant moments in possession against them. Both teams played very, very well.”

Parkersburg South managed a 1-0 lead at intermission thanks to Cameron Limer scoring on a corner kick in the 38th minute.

“That corner kick was something,” admitted the coach.

“Oh my God. She could not hit that any better. That’s her third corner she’s scored on this year.”

“They have a tall keeper (Madysen Scheller) who is very good. There’s nothing she could do. It was upper 90, far post and it was one of those ones that came down.”

The Mohigans (8-3) were able to even the match in the 44th minute when Michaela August beat Mott on an unassisted tally.

“She hit a beauty, far post, upper 90. Mac was like let me try for this. Best of luck to me,” quipped Bucholtz, who added of the winning goal “it was headed for two five-minute sudden death overtimes. That (Shockey’s goal) was just a good all around play. Jozy Barton came out of nowhere to pressure a player. Samara was putting pressure on their center back and Jozy turned her over and the ball went to Samara and she laid the perfect ball across to Regan.”

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