Northwest 8, Wheelersburg 2
Over the course of the 2017 season, the Northwest Mohawks’ boys soccer program has put together statlines that would be comparable to the best programs in the Division III realm.
On Thursday, Northwest showed off why it is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with as the Mohawks captured an 8-2 victory over the Wheelersburg Pirates to increase its scoring margin to a staggering 44-8 in its first six contests.
Initially, however, it was Wheelersburg who took control. Aaron Jolly’s finish less than 10 minutes into the first half allowed the Pirates to take a 1-0 advantage early on.
However, Chase McClay had other ideas for those who expected the ‘Burg to take control. His goal off of a Tyler Webb cross in the 15th minute allowed Northwest to tie the score at a goal apiece. Webb then took matters into his own hands over the next 10 minutes as an unassisted goal in the 20th minute and a goal off of a Harald Rundquist through ball in the 25th minute allowed Northwest to take a 3-1 advantage.
When Wheelersburg answered in the 30th minute off of a corner kick, the Mohawks not only remained strong, but took momentum back away from the Pirates when Mason Campbell scored on an unassisted tally from less than 18 yards out to give Northwest a 4-2 advantage at halftime.
“I thought that ‘Burg came out with much more intensity then we did to start the match,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. “We made a few mistakes defensively in the first half and they made us pay for them with good finishes. I thought we battled back once down 1-0 to get a couple key goals to help settle our guys down.”
But behind a second-half onslaught from Northwest, the second half took on a totally different tone.
In the 44th and 46th minutes of action, Austin Slusher made sure that the Mohawks would be able to take complete control of the contest as his unassisted shots — the latter being from around 18 yards away — allowed Northwest to take a 6-2 advantage. Then, in the 56th and 59th minutes of play, it was Rundquist’s turn to take over as Rundquist took a pass from Evan Throckmorton en route to scoring in the 56th and followed in the 59th minute by scoring on a penalty kick after Throckmorton was fouled in the box.
For the contest, Webb and Rundquist each collected two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Mohawks, with Slusher also adding a pair of goals to head up a strong offensive attack. Campbell and McClay each added a goal while Throckmorton collected an assist to close out the Northwest scoring.
With the victory, Northwest moved to 6-0 on the year. The Mohawks will look to continue their roll when North Adams and Chesapeake come to McDermott for a pair of boys soccer matchups on Thursday. Both contests, which are nonconference bouts, will start at 7 p.m.
Valley 4, West Union 1
After not scoring in the first half of play, the Valley Indians’ soccer program exploded for four second-half tallies in a nonconference bout against West Union to take home a 4-1 victory over the Dragons on Thursday evening.
Valley didn’t let the scoreless tie last for long in the second half of action as Cayton Ruby struck with a goal just two minutes into the second stanza. Six minutes later, Ruby scored again as the Indians took control of the contest.
Brandon Phillips, who contributed an assist to the scoring tally, collected his lone goal of the contest in the 61st minute to extend the lead. Ruby then added his third and final goal in the 75th minute to obtain the hat trick and round out the game’s scoring in the process.
“We just came out flat in the first half,” Valley head coach Andy Johnson said. “After the break, our kids really stepped up the intensity and played a much better second half.”
In addition to Ruby’s hat trick and Brandon Phillips’ one-goal, one-assist output, Cameron Phillips was able to collect two assists on the evening to help spearhead the Valley offensive attack.
With the victory, Valley improved its overall mark to 4-2 on the year. The Indians will host Frankfort Adena on Tuesday in a nonconference contest.
South Webster 1, Jackson 1
Over the years, the South Webster boys soccer program has done nothing but impress people around the Southeast District with the attention to detail that is shown by the members of the Jeeps’ roster.
On Thursday evening, South Webster continued to show those qualities in spades as the Jeeps used a 38th-minute goal from Samuel Holstein and survived a 62nd-minute goal by Jackson’s Kenneth Padget to force a 1-1 tie against a much larger school in the Division II Ironmen.
“I thought we played pretty well tonight, but Jackson played hard and battled back for the tie,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “Overall, this was a good physical game for us that will make us better. Jackson always plays a physical game and that is good for us to face teams like them.”
Holstein’s goal, which came off of a penalty kick, came from a foul committed by Jackson in the box as Holstein was fouled while going up for a header attempt. Then, after several near-misses from the Jeeps in the second half, Padget came up with the equalizer after getting a shot off from the back post via a corner kick to force the tie.
“Our defense played well,” Claxon said. “However, we gave them one too many corner kicks and (Padget) got up well near the back post to tie things up with a nice header. It really was a nice goal. Marking up on restarts like that is something that we need to do better.”
With the tie, South Webster remains undefeated at 3-0-1. The Jeeps will host New Boston on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. before making the trek up to Athens for a primo nonconference battle at 7:30 p.m.
Wheelersburg def. Northwest 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-11)
Behind another strong effort throughout his entire lineup, the Allen Perry-led Wheelersburg Pirates’ volleyball program continued its roll and moved to 5-0 on the 2017 campaign as a result as the Lady Pirates defeated Northwest, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-11) in a SOC II volleyball matchup on Thursday evening.
As she has in multiple sports, Abbie Kallner proved to be all over the place for Wheelersburg as the junior collected 25 assists, 13 service points, eight digs, three kills, and an ace to lead the squad. Kallner has tallied at least 23 assists in each of the Lady Pirates’ five matches to head the charge.
“Setters generally do not get the credit they deserve, but Abbie is doing a fantastic job running our offense this season,” Perry said. “She sees the floor well and is starting to understand her strategic role both mentally and physically as the floor general. I rely heavily on my setters to be mentally tough and she fills the role perfectly.”
Alli McQuay continued to star for Wheelersburg on the frontline by accumulating a dozen kills, a dozen service points, seven digs, three blocks, and two aces, while Mallory Bergan made her presence felt with eight kills, eight service points, four digs, three blocks, and an assist. Adyson Rase added six kills to round out an outstanding effort for the Wheelersburg frontline. Ellie Ruby rounded out the Lady Pirates’ efforts by collecting 13 digs in addition to nine service points and two aces on the year.
Wheelersburg will travel to Waverly for an SOC II match on Tuesday before entertaining West on Thursday at home.
Portsmouth 3, Waverly 2
As has been the case throughout the course of the 2017 season, the Portsmouth Trojans again came up big in a clutch situation as Portsmouth edged Waverly, 3-2, in a nonconference tennis matchup on Wednesday evening in Waverly.
After Avery Wolfe collected a straight-set victory over Megan Long (6-3, 6-2), Portsmouth overcame a victory from Alli Entler at the No. 2 singles position and obtained a 6-1, 6-1 victory from Sarah Lemaster at the No. 3 singles slot as the Trojans took a 2-1 advantage heading into doubles play.
There, Portsmouth, once again, stood tall under pressure.
Even though Shanda Nibert and Heidi Lamerson collected a win to tie the match at two apiece, Emma Coleman and Sara Born responded by collecting two huge victories in games against Waverly, with Coleman and Born taking the first game, 7-5, and the second contest, 7-6 — by way of winning a 7-2 tiebreaker contest — en route to giving the Trojans the victory.
Portsmouth played at Wheelersburg on Thursday evening and will host Unioto in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday.
No. 1 singles — Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) def. Megan Long (Waverly) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 singles — Alli Entler (Waverly) def. Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 singles — Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. McKenzie Penrod (Waverly) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 doubles — Shanda Nibert/Heidi Lamerson (Waverly) def. Elysia Copley-Lucas/Rylee Moorhead (Portsmouth) 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 doubles — Emma Coleman/Sara Born (Portsmouth) def. Hope Wilburn/Kayleah Shiland (Waverly) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)