Wheelersburg def. Valley, 3-0 (25-20, 25-5, 25-13)
Behind an excellent effort from its veteran backline hands, along with another great passing performance from Abbie Kallner, the Wheelersburg Pirates completed its regular season slate with an undefeated mark in SOC II action as Wheelersburg defeated Valley, 3-0 (25-20, 25-5, 25-13) on Thursday evening in Wheelersburg.
The Lady Pirates, who finished the regular season with a 19-2 overall mark and a perfect 14-0 tally in SOC II play, finished off its perfect SOC II record on the back of Mia Darnell, who collected team-highs of 14 service points and four aces en route to helping Wheelersburg take control of the match in the second set. Darnell even collected a dozen service points in a row in the second frame to lead the Lady Pirates to a 25-5 second set victory. Kallner’s 30 assists and Ellie Ruby’s 23 digs and 10 service points were also critical in the outcome.
“We started off a little flat tonight after last night’s battle with Notre Dame, which I was afraid of,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “However, we were fortunate enough to battle through the first set. At the start of set two she had her team fired up and ready to play. After winning one of the longest rallies I have ever seen my girls were fired up and everything came back together. It has been a long week and we are ready for a few days rest before we get back ready to prepare for the tournament.”
Alli McQuay’s 11 digs, nine kills, and eight service points, along with eight kills apiece from Adyson Rase and Mallory Bergan, rounded out yet another balanced performance from Wheelersburg, with Bergan adding a block to close the deal.
With the regular season at its conclusion, Wheelersburg will turn its attention to the postseason, where the Lady Pirates will host the winner of a sectional semifinal matchup between Oak Hill and Coal Grove on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in a Division III Sectional Final affair.
Clay def. Eastern, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-11)
Over the course of the 2017 season, Jill Tipton has received a balanced effort across her entire starting lineup.
That balance and overall production, however, may not have been more evident than on Thursday evening, as Lila Brown, Delanie Gilliland, Taylor Lewis, Shaelyn Vassar, and Jensen Warnock all starred in multiple facets in a straight-set victory over Eastern, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-11).
From an offensive standpoint, Warnock, again, led Clay as the junior obtained 19 kills, 12 service receptions, nine digs, seven points from serve, and three aces to star in every fact of the game. Vassar, who obtained 15 points from serve, 15 digs, 10 service receptions, and four aces, proved to be instrumental to the efforts of the backline. Brown (37 assists, three assisted blocks), Gilliland (10 kills, nine digs, eight points serving, seven service receptions, four aces, and an assist), and Lewis (10 kills, nine digs, seven service receptions, a solo block and three assisted blocks) rounded out the winning effort.
Clay, who finished the regular season with a 19-3 overall mark and a 12-2 record in SOC I action, will face the winner of a sectional semifinal between Manchester or Green on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in a Division IV Sectional Final that will be held at Clay.
South Webster 5, New Boston 2
In any battle, one hopes that said unit will bring its best effort following a fantastic performance.
On Thursday evening, the South Webster Jeeps did just that once again as South Webster followed up a 6-1 victory over Wheelersburg by scoring five goals in the first half of action en route to taking home a 5-2 victory over New Boston and sewing up a perfect 6-0 mark in SOC I boys soccer action en route to a 10-1-4 overall mark in 2017.
From the outset, South Webster wasted no time getting down to business as the Jeeps scored five goals in the first 19 minutes to put the game on ice early on. Shiloah Blevins, who obtained a hat trick on the evening, got the scoring started when the junior forward scored twice within the first 10 minutes of action — the first on a Samuel Holstein pass in the sixth minute and the second on a Braden Martin helper in the ninth — to give the Jeeps a comfortable 2-0 lead early on.
“We took care of business early in this game and that was enough to get our final conference win,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “Shiloah found the net twice as they gave him a little too much space near the the goal. He can turn on the ball quickly and send it to the back of the net in a hurry. That’s what he did with his first two goals.”
Blevins and company, however, were just getting warmed up.
In fact, Martin and Devyn Coriell, who have continued to improve on a game-by-game basis, added their own stamps on the game as the former scored on a deflected pass by the New Boston defense in the 11th, while the latter took a cross from Martin in the 14th and pounded it home to quickly increase the tally to a 4-0 margin. Blevins then scored off of a clever finish via a Martin corner kick five minutes later to round out the South Webster scoring, while New Boston, who never quit fighting throughout the entire game, added a pair of goals from Malachi Potts in the 60th minute and Tyler Caldwell in the 75th minute to set the final score.
“Braden technically ended up with the game winning goal tonight as he followed up on a shot from Dee that deflected back to him. He showed composure by keeping the ball down and into the net,” Claxon said. “Devyn also got one tonight on a cross from Braden that he skipped into the goal for goal number four. Shiloah rounded off the scoring for us as he towered up and over their defense on a corner kick. That gave him a hat trick for the night in under 20 minutes. Not a bad night for him at all and not a bad night for us all. We began the substitutions at that point and it was nice to see our younger guys step in and get some quality minutes.”
With the victory, South Webster will turn its attention to its final regular season match on Saturday afternoon. There, the Jeeps will host Waverly at 12 p.m.
Waverly 3, Minford 1
Behind the excellent play of Loren Moran and Zoiee Smith, the Waverly Tigers were able to defeat the Minford Falcons, 3-1, en route to claiming second place in the SOC II race in a conference battle that was held on Tuesday at Minford.
The Lady Falcons’ Marissa Risner continued her late season tear by adding a goal in the 63rd minute en route to closing the Waverly lead to a 2-1 margin, but a Smith goal in the 69th minute offset Risner’s efforts and brought the contest to its final margin. Smith and Moran added goals in the 27th and 30th minutes to give Waverly the early 2-0 advantage.
Behind the efforts of Smith and Moran, who combined for seven of Waverly’s eight goals in a win over Greenfield McClain, the Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-6 overall mark and a 6-2 record in SOC II play. Smith scored six goals on her own against McClain to round out a splendid finish to the regular season.
Even with the loss, Minford still finished the 2017 regular season having won five of its last seven bouts en route to an 11-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in SOC II action. The Lady Falcons, who are listed as a No. 3 seed in the upcoming OHSAA Division III State Tournament, will host No. 6-seeded Chesapeake — a team that Minford has already defeated twice this season — on Tuesday at 5 p.m.