South Webster 6, Valley 0
As has been the case over their first pair of affairs, the South Webster Jeeps’ boys soccer program was able to set the tone early and often against the Valley Indians as South Webster scored each of its goals within a 13-minute span to defeat Valley, 6-0, on its home turf in an SOC I matchup.
Over the first 35 minutes of the initial frame, the Jeeps had more than their fair share of chances on goal behind its powerful offensive attack. However, Valley’s Trevon Donini proved to be more than up to the challenge as Donini stopped seven South Webster shots during the affair.
But once the South Webster offense got going, it seemed like nothing was going to stop the Jeeps from putting up a fantastic effort.
In the 36th and 37th minutes, Devyn Coriell opened the floodgates by taking a pair of passes from Braden Martin and Dee Thompson and beating Donini in the process en route to pounding both shots home to put South Webster up by a 2-0 count. Two minutes later, Sam Holstein added an unassisted tally into the first half scoring load to make the score 3-0 in favor of South Webster by launching a successful shot from the far side of the field.
“We went pretty late in the first half before scoring, but once things opened up, we kept it going,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “Valley was able to get a few counter attacks early in the half, but I thought our defense adjusted well.”
In the second half, Shiloah Blevins immediately got the ball rolling by scoring twice in the first five minutes — both on unassisted tallies — to up the score to 5-0. The final mark, which came off of the foot of Josiah Edwards, was a free kick that sailed in from 40 yards away behind an excellent bout from the poised individual.
With the 6-0 victory, South Webster has now outscored its opponents (Minford, Clay, Valley) by a total of 18-1 so far in the 2017 campaign. The Jeeps will look to continue that success when South Webster makes the trip to Jackson on Thursday.
South Webster, 1-0. Devyn Coriell, 36th minute. Assisted by Braden Martin.
South Webster, 2-0. Devyn Coriell, 37th minute. Assisted by Dee Thompson.
South Webster, 3-0. Samuel Holstein, 39th minute. Unassisted.
South Webster, 4-0. Shiloah Blevins, 42nd minute. Unassisted.
South Webster, 5-0. Shiloah Blevins, 47th minute. Unassisted.
South Webster, 6-0. Josiah Edwards, 49th minute. Unassisted.
Wheelersburg def. Oak Hill, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-12)
On the volleyball court, it was another successful outing for the Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program as Wheelersburg swept Oak Hill with relative ease in straight sets (25-15, 25-11, 25-12) on Tuesday evening in a SOC II bout for the Lady Pirates.
Upperclassmen Ellie Ruby and Abbie Kallner were their usual productive selves on Tuesday evening, as has come to be expected from the pair of multi-sport standouts. Ruby led the team in digs, with 12, and scored 11 service points while collecting an ace, while Kallner added a team-high in assists (23) to go along with 14 service points and two aces.
“We came in tonight a little rusty off of the holiday weekend, but I was very proud of how our girls fought back and regained their focus,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said.
While the performances of Kallner and Ruby were impressive, it was the play of Alli McQuay that really proved to be the difference-maker for the Lady Pirates, as the sophomore middle hitter collected team-highs in service points (20), kills (12), and aces (six) en route to showing off her strong skills and her rapid improvement in the game of volleyball.
We’re just four games into the season, and I have been very impressed with many of our young players on this team,” Perry said. “However, Alli McQuay derserves special mention tonight. Her volleyball awareness and ability to come up big for our team when we need it are advanced for only being a sophomore. We are fortunate to have her and I look forward to watching her grow even more as a player.”
With the victory, Wheelersburg improved to 4-0 on the year preceding a Thursday evening matchup with Northwest in McDermott.