To win its third game of the season, Minford had to battle muddy field conditions, Northwest's defense and the clock.
With less than a minute to go in the second half Evan Price put his penalty kick into the net and gave the Falcons their final lead en route to a 2-1 victory Thursday night.
“Northwest's defense played really tough,” said Minford coach Mark Price. “We outshot them 19-5 and the boy that scored their penalty kick was their goalie.”
Coach Price was referring to Johannes Krickl's first-half goal. Krickl had 12 saves as well.
After numerous missed opportunities, a handball call in the penalty box set up Evan Price for his game winner.
The Falcons are at .500 a third of the way through their conference schedule and coach Price acknowledged it will be tough to win it all.
“We're starting to play together,” said coach Price. “I'm hoping to have a run for it now.”
Minford 1 1 - 2
Northwest 1 0 - 1
Minford - Price (Robinson); Northwest Krickl pk,
Minford Price pk
SOG - Minford 19, Northwest 5
Saves - Minford Justice 4 saves, Northwest Krickl 12 saves
Record - Minford 3-4 (2-2)
Clay 2, New Boston 1
Clay got back to .500 with a one-goal win on the road. A second half penalty kick by Marcelo Mariano put the Panthers in the lead for good.
“It was a dogfight from the start to finish,” said Clay coach Herman Patrick. “Both teams played great.”
Robert Waugh scored the lone goal for the Tigers.
Clay 1 1 - 2
New Boston 1 0 - 1
NB - Waugh (Moore) 16:30, Clay; Parker (Gable) 10:20
Clay (Mariano) pk 30:16
SOG - Clay 9, New Boston 7
Saves - Craft 6, Horner 7
Record - Clay 4-4
Valley 1, South Webster 0
Valley was undaunted by the Jeeps being ranked in the statewide coaches poll, in fact, it worked as motivation.
Matt Adkins direct kick at 18:36 was all the Indians would need to pick up the upset.
“With South Webster being ranked in the state, my team took it as a challenge,” Dave Groff. “It was a must-win for us, and losing wasn't an option. Looking back on it now, it was a great shot. Matt put the shot around the wall, and it really charged us.”
South Webster 0 0 - 0
Valley 1 0 - 1
First Half - 1, Valley, Adkins (una), 18:36.
Records - Valley 4-1 (4-1).
Wheelersburg def. Valley
25-13, 25-15, 25-9
After dropping three in a tournament at Unioto last week, the Lady Pirates got back on the winning course.
Wheelersburg dispatched Valley in straight games to improve to 6-4 overall and -1 in the SOC II.
“Any win right now is good. We were in a big tournament and played all that big competition,” said Wheelersburg coach Carol Bialkowski. “Our confidence is coming back.
Jessica Blanton had 15 points and 20 assists and Ali Conley added six points, 11 kills and seven blocks. Tori Williams scored eight with nine kills and seven digs and Brittany Meenach had seven points and five kills.
Record - Wheelersburg 6-4 (5-1)
Eastern Pike def. Clay 25-14, 24-22, 24-9
The Lady Eagles took out Clay in three games to improve to 9-1 overall and remain undefeated in the SOC I.
“Clay hit well the second game...,” said Eastern Pike coach Janet Day. “The third game rolled around and we had the momentum going. We made very few mistakes in the third game.
Chelsea Howard had 15 kills and six digs for Eastern Pike and Desi Ison added eight kills and nine kills. Brittany Helton had 34 assists and Amber Howell chipped in five kills and eight digs.
Day attributes her team's fast start to togetherness.
“We've got off to a pretty good start because the girls played a lot together going to camp this summer,' Day said. “Its starting to show that they're playing their positions because they're getting used to each other
Record - Eastern Pike 9-1 (6-0)
Northwest def. Oak Hill
25-19, 25-12, 25-19
Kayla Beinlich and Ashley Trissler helped serve up a win for the Mohawks against Oak Hill. Beinlich was 10 for 10 serving with 39 good sets and Trissler was 14 for 14 with seven kills. Brooke Montgomery was 27-27 setting with six assists. Northwest's other Ashleys also chipped in. Ashley Brown had seven kills and Ashley Shaffer was 11 for 13 serving with three aces.
South Webster def. Minford
25-23, 25-18, 26-24
Emily Deems had 10 kills, 17 digs, and five blocks and the Lady Jeeps improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the SOC. Emily Homeroski had two kills, 13 digs and 16 assists and Molly Roark had five kills, 11 digs and five aces. Erin Moore contributed seven kills, three digs, and two blocks and Erin Sherman had 15 kills, nine digs, six blocks and 10 assists.
“The girls did a nice job of playing together,” said South Webster coach Darcee Claxson. “They played well all night but they really played well at the crucial times.”
In earlier action, the Lady Jeeps JV team won as well.
Record - South Webster 6-2 (5-1)
Valley 5, Vinton County 0
Though the scores looked like blowouts, Valley coach Jill Davis said Vinton County's singles players really challenged the Lady Indians.
“Vinton County put up a strong fight,” said Day. “It just didn't show in the score.
“Both doubles were barn burners,” added Davis. “The Valley duos had to dig deep to pull out their wins.”
No. 3 singles winner for Valley, Stephanie Days was the only Lady Indian to win her 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 singles Amy Peach def. Christina Harms 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 singles Michelle Mains def. Tiffany Votaw 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 singles Stephanie Days def. Alicia McGlaughlin 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 doubles Cylia Queen/Haley Dunham def. Jessica Johnson/Brittany Jones 6-2, 7-6
No.2 doubles Kelly Boldman/Brooke James def. Callie Woolet/Chelsea Johnston 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Record - Valley 3-7 (1-4)
Wheelersburg 3, Notre Dame 2
Wheelersburg needed three sets from it's No. 2 doubles squad to defeat Notre Dame. Sarah Schmidt and Bree Perkins took out the Appleton sisters, Sarah and Rachel, 6-0, 6-7, 7-5 to give the Lady Pirates the one-point win.
No. 1 singles Lauren Dever (WB) def. Radhika Patel (ND) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles Janaki Patel (ND) def. Gracie Duckworth (WB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 singles Gevena Hadjiyannis (ND) def. Molli Brown (WB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 doubles Courtney Haller/Brittany Warner (WB) def. Sarah Appleton/Rachel Appleton (ND) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 doubles Sarah Schmidt/Bree Perkins (WB) def. Suzanne Schuyler/Caitrin Cardosi (ND) 6-0, 6-7, 7-5
Record - Notre Dame 8-2
Minford 4, Waverly 1
The big red wagon that is Minford tennis kept rolling along against Waverly. The Lady Falcons dropped only one match while improving their record to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the SOC.
Aside from the No. 2 doubles match, Minford never lost a game.
“I thought Kyla (Gampp), Hilary (Shonkwiler) and Kristi (Harris) played good clean matches tonight,” said Minford coach R.D. Baker. “The No. 1 doubles team played a solid match. Waverly is a program on the rise.”
No. 1 singles - Kyla Gampp def. Laci Burton 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles - Hilary Shonkwiler def. Brittany Burleigh 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles - Kristi Harris def. Sami Gibbs 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles - Taylor Baker/Sarah Johnson def. Megan Stanley/Nicole Dively 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles - Alyssa Workman/Courtney Justice (WA) def. Ashley Adkins/Tiffany Lawhorn 6-3, 6-4.
Record - Minford 10-1 (5-0).
Clay 159, Eastern Pike 172, Notre Dame 177, East 233
Heading into the final event of the SOC I championship Clay sits on top of the pack. The Panthers shot a 159 and lead second-placed Eastern Pike by 23 strokes.
Clay's Josh Riddlebarger paced all golfers with a 36 and teammate Ryan Hines shot a 38.
“I'd just like to mention (Riddlebarger and Hines) are playing strong right now going into the last tournament,” said Clay coach Mark Pelfry. “ We should be able to hold our own.”
Romain Sloan of Western Pike was third individually with a 39.
Notre Dame and East rounded out the bottom of team scoring with a 177 and 233 respectively.
Western Pike had three players in the event and therefore does not have a team score.
Medalist - Josh Riddlebarger
Clay - Ryan Hines 38, Evan Keaton 45, Nick Blanton 40, Josh Riddlebarger 36
Eastern Pike - Romain Sloan 39, Ian Bapst 42, Aj Osborne 44, JT Cantrell 47
Notre Dame - Casey Qualls 45, Matt Hamer 44, Will Angelos 42, Kyle Tennant 46
East - Camden Sparks 50, John Luther 53, Tyler Messer 64, Zach Tendell 66
Western Pike - Vince Shanks 45, Chris Moore 52, Sarah Stratman 67