It takes a lot to be flawless from start to finish.
However, that’s exactly what the Northwest boys soccer and Wheelersburg girls soccer programs were throughout the 2017 season.
And that’s exactly why both programs made an appearance in the final version of the the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Boys and Girls Division III Polls in 2017, with Northwest receiving votes in the final tally and Wheelersburg collecting a sixth-place mark in the rankings.
Northwest, who finished the season with a dominating 8-2 victory over Ironton St. Joseph on Monday evening, collected a perfect 16-0-0 mark while only allowing 22 goals over the entire 16-game slate.
The frontline combination of Evan Throckmorton, Harald Rundquist, and Tyler Webb have all been outstanding throughout the year, as Throckmorton obtained 79 points off of an astonishing 31 assists and 24 goals during the regular season. Rundquist finished close behind with his 74 points off of 31 goals and 12 assists, while Tyler Webb has collected 61 points behind 27 goals and seven assists throughout the end of the regular season.
In addition to the trio, Austin Speer, Mason Campbell, and Chase McClay have all contributed well from the infield, while Hunter Berry, Cody Mosley, Jacob Goodson, and Trent Deemer have been physical presences in the back of Northwest’s lineup. The Mohawks collected 14 of their 16 wins by five goals or more, and defeated North Adams and Minford by a goal apiece behind the rock solid combination of players.
For Wheelersburg, the Lady Pirates have also been led by a deep lineup that included Madison Humble, who obtained 75 points off of 29 goals and 17 assists during the regular season en route to 75 points. Libby Miller’s 18 goals and seven assists have resulted in 43 points for the talented hand so far in 2017.
Behind the initial duo, Christen Risner, Lyndlee Willis, Laney Eller, Sophie Hagans, and Chelsee Steele have proved balance all across the Wheelersburg lineup. Risner has 11 goals and 11 assists apiece en route to 33 points, while Willis’ 14 goals and four assists have the forward close behind at 32 points for the year. Eller (nine goals, three assists), Hagans (five goals, 10 assists), and Steele (seven goals, three assists) all have collected between 17 to 21 points in 2017. Morgan Bivens’ 52 saves and 0.88 goals-against-average have also been critical numbers in holding opponents to just 14 goals on the year.
From a team standpoint, the Lady Pirates have outscored its opponents by a 109-14 tally, and have only allowed four goals all year at home. Wheelersburg has scored 6.81 goals per game compared to allowing just 0.88 goals per affair on average.
As a unit, 12 of the Lady Pirates’ 15 wins have come by three goals or more. Wheelersburg beat Minford by a 2-0 count in the pair’s last meeting on Sept. 26, and Wheelersburg edged North Adams and Russell (Ky.) by a goal apiece. Albany Alexander was the lone 3-3 tie.
Both teams were in action on Wednesday as Northwest hosted West in a Division III Sectional Final on the boys side while Wheelersburg hosted South Point in a Division III Sectional Final on the girls side. Both contests were played at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
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