As the years have gone by, there have been many changes across our society’s landscape.
However, through all of those changes, the Minford Falcons’ boys soccer program and the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program have remained as constant forces over the years.
If Tuesday evening was any indication, both programs look to be well on their way to establishing that same penchant for success over the years as Minford and Wheelersburg took home victories in strong fashions.
Minford 8, New Boston 1
Behind a dominating offensive performance, the Minford Falcons’ boys soccer program was able to put together an outstanding performance that saw Minford add four goals apiece in the first and second halves of play en route to an 8-1 victory over a gritty New Boston squad on Tuesday evening in Minford.
The Falcons, who improved to 1-0 on the season with the victory, wasted no time in getting the scoring started as Talen Coriell’s second minute blast off of a feed from Eli Cordle allowed Minford to strike with the opening salvo. However, it wouldn’t be the last time that Coriell and Cordle — or the entire Minford team, for that matter — made a dent in the scoring column.
After Coriell assisted on two straight Minford goals — the first being an Elijah Craft blast in the 16th minute and the second a Brayden Davis launch in the 29th — Parker Jacobs got into the scoring act by not only collecting the final goal of the first half at the 32nd minute, but the very first goal of the second half at the 42nd minute thanks to stellar combination play alongside Zach Higbee.
Even with a 5-0 advantage, the Falcons continued to plug away as if the game was tied. An unassisted blast by Michael Patrick in the 46th minute, a goal from Cordle in the 52nd minute off of a feed from Skyler Knore, and another bender from Patrick thanks to a helping hand from Higbee in the 54th minute allowed Minford to finish the contest off in a strong fashion. Kade Conley’s unassisted goal in the 74th minute proved to be the lone tally for New Boston on the evening.
“This contest was a great way to start the season,” Minford head coach David Gampp said. “I have a great group of kids this year, and I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish this year.”
With the victory, the Falcons moved to 1-0 on the year. They’ll look to carry the momentum from Tuesday’s performance into Thursday’s 5:30 p.m. affair against South Webster, which will be a clash of two SOC II soccer strongholds. New Boston, who dropped to 0-1 on the season, will have a key rivalry affair of its own against Ironton St. Joseph at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Minford, 1-0. Talen Coriell, assisted by Eli Cordle, 2nd minute
Minford, 2-0. Elijah Craft, assisted by Talen Coriell, 16th minute
Minford, 3-0. Brayden Davis, assisted by Talen Coriell, 29th minute
Minford, 4-0. Parker Jacobs, assisted by Zach Higbee, 32nd minute
Minford, 5-0. Parker Jacobs, assisted by Zach Higbee, 42nd minute
Minford, 6-0. Michael Patrick, unassisted, 46th minute
Minford, 7-0. Eli Cordle, assisted by Skyler Knore, 52nd minute
Minford, 8-0. Michael Patrick, assisted by Zach Higbee, 54th minute
New Boston, 8-1, Kade Conley, unassisted, 74th minute
Minford 1-0, New Boston 0-1.
Wheelersburg def. Fairland, 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-23)
For Allen Perry, being able to continue to coach volleyball at Wheelersburg has been a blessing.
That blessing showed in the Lady Pirates’ play on Tuesday evening, as Perry’s club fought back from an early 1-0 deficit against Fairland — where Wheelersburg lost the first set, 25-22 — to collect wins in three consecutive sets and win going away against the Dragons, 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-23) at Wheelersburg High School on Tuesday as Perry claimed his first win as the head coach of the Lady Pirates’ volleyball program in the process.
“My biggest worry going into tonight was our team coming out slow,” Perry said. “Carrie Roland and I have been playing against each other for years and one thing I knew was that she would have her girls ready to play right out of the gate. After losing the first set, we were able to refocus and battle back for the win.”
Sophomores Abbie McQuay and Mallory Bergan proved to be vital in the winning cause for Wheelersburg, as the pair combined to collect 25 kills and six aces on the evening, with McQuay putting together a 14-kill performance and Bergan adding 11 additional spikes to the table. Both players collected three aces in the victory.
As has been the case for most of Wheelersburg’s successes in the sports that is offered at the school, a trio of seniors also stepped up to aid the Lady Pirates as Abbie Kallner put together a monstrous statline of 38 assists, while Ellie Ruby and Mia Darnell collected strong performances on the backline in combining for 30 digs, with Ruby collecting 20 on her own, in the win.
Wheelersburg will look to continue the success found in the second through fourth sets of its match against Fairland next Tuesday, when the Lady Pirates face a tough, Darcee Claxon-led South Webster squad at South Webster at 5:30 p.m.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7