Minford 5, West 0
Behind another impressive and focused effort, the Minford Falcons’ girls soccer program was able to score five first-half goals and cruise home from that point forward as Minford defeated West, 5-0, in a girls soccer match that was played on Wednesday evening in West Portsmouth.
From the opening whistle, Minford wasted no time striking as Erin Daniels took a corner kick from Marissa Risner and pounded the ball into the net just two minutes in. In the ninth minute, the Lady Falcons struck again off of the feet of Risner as a pass from Aurie Coriell allowed Risner to send a ball home in the ninth minute as Minford took a 2-0 advantage early on.
The scoring, however, would cease behind a strong effort from the West defense until the Lady Falcons responded with three goals in a six-minute span to take control of the affair. Once again, Risner contributed greatly to Minford’s third goal by adding an unassisted jaunt in the 34th minute, while Emily Shoemaker followed just two minutes later with an unassisted tally of her own. Risner then capped off the game’s scoring in the 38th minute as the senior pounded another Coriell pass home to sew the contest up in Minford’s favor.
“We were able to get up early and get some playing time for some of the younger players,” Minford head coach Shane Tieman said. “The team played very unselfishly tonight and distributed the ball well. West has improved and glad to see their numbers are up. (Tom) Hoggard and Merrifield are doing a great job over there.”
With the victory, Minford improved its record to a 4-1 tally. The Lady Falcons will host Williamsport Westfall and North Adams in nonconference home matches on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Monday (7 p.m.), respectively, before taking to the road to play at Waverly next Thursday in an SOC II doubleheader. West will play at Chesapeake and Piketon on Monday and Tuesday in a pair of nonconference matches that will begin at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Wheelersburg next Thursday for what will be another SOC II doubleheader.
In a Tuesday match at the Shawnee Golf Course in West Portsmouth, the Waverly Tigers again emerged from the pack to head the list of SOC II competitors in a match held between the five SOC II member schools.
After being edged by Trevin Mault last week, Waverly’s Talon Osborne and Conner Heffner collected scores of 35 and 37, respectively, to obtain first and second place finishes behind their scores of 35 and 37, respectively. Eric Heffner and Eli Robertson collected scores of 44 and 49 to round out the Tigers’ scoring as Waverly collected a 165.
Behind Waverly’s efforts, Wheelersburg was able to reclaim the top spot as Tanner Stevenson’s 42 and Mault’s 43 led the way for the Pirates. Jaydren Guthrie’s 50 and Carson McCorkle’s 52 rounded out a strong effort for Wheelersburg, who finished with a 187.
West, however, proved to be no slouch either throughout the day as the Senators collected a 189 behind a strong showing for Brady Whitt, who finished in third place with a scorecard of 40. Chase Howell continued his impressive play with a 46, while Mitchell Malnar and Dustin Sowards collected scores of 51 and 52, respectively, to finish off the scoring for the Senators.
Behind the Senators, Valley and Northwest duked it out for the fourth spot, with the Indians edging the Mohawks by 10 strokes for the position. John Merritt’s 54, Logan Bloomfield’s 56, Andy Kuhn’s 57 and Jared Morrow’s 65 allowed Valley to come away with a score of 232, while Eli Dunn led Northwest’s efforts with a 55.
1. Waverly 165
2. Wheelersburg 187
3. West 189
4. Valley 232
5. Northwest 242
Individual Scores (top-10)
1. Talon Osborne (Waverly) 35
2. Conner Heffner (Waverly) 37
3. Brady Whitt (West) 40
4. Tanner Stevenson (Wheelersburg) 42
5. Trevin Mault (Wheelersburg) 43
6. Eric Heffner (Waverly) 44
7. Chase Howell (West) 46
8. Eli Robertson (Waverly) 49
t-9. Jaydren Guthrie (Wheelersburg) 50
t-9. Grant Wheeler (Waverly) 50
Additional Scioto County scores:
11. Mitchell Malnar (West) 51
t-12. Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) 52
t-12. Dustin Sowards (West) 52
14. John Merritt (Valley) 54
t-15. Eli Dunn (Northwest) 55
In a tri-match that was held at Shawnee Golf Course in West Portsmouth on Wednesday evening, the Clay Panthers were able to collect a tidy score of 194 as Clay continued to show off the very consistency that it is known for on Wednesday with its overall scorecard of 192.
As a whole, the entire Clay lineup produced as Tyler Hobbs, Caleb Cline, Chase Hudson, Hunter Armstrong, and Tyler Phillips finished just four strokes apart altogether, with Armstrong, Cline, and Hobbs making par on two holes apiece. Hobbs led the way with his 47, while Cline’s 48, Hudson’s 49, Armstrong’s 50, and Phillips’ 51 allowed the Panthers to continue to provide the same consistency that’s been seen since the start of the year. Teddy McCall rounded out the solid performance from the group with his 57.
North Adams, behind Bryant Long’s 36 and Noah Long’s 37, collected the top two scoring cards on the day, which allowed the Dragons to collect a match score of 162 en route to the victory. Manchester edged Clay by three strokes (189 to 192) for second place.
1. North Adams 162
2. Manchester 189
3. Clay 192
Clay Individual Scores
Tyler Hobbs 47
Caleb Cline 48
Chase Hudson 49
Hunter Armstrong 50
Tyler Phillips 51
Teddy McCall 57