Lady Mohawks 4, Lady Redstreaks 1
Tuesday evening, the Northwest Lady Mohawks advanced to the second round of tournament action by defeating Piketon, 4-1. Northwest head coach Tim Amburgey following the win, said, “We knew coming into the match tonight that it would be tough. We split the regular season with Piketon and expected it to be a fight until the end. Offensively, Sydnie Jenkins was a presence in the midfield distributing the ball. Our scorers tonight, (Ellie) Curtis and (Lexi) Throckmorton are both sophomores and they lead our team in goals. That is exciting as a coach to have these young ladies who are getting better game by game.”
Sophomore Ellie Curtis attempted two shots within the first eight minutes of play that were saved by the Redstreaks’ goalie, Camryn Alexander. Lady Mohawks sophomore Lexi Throckmorton would score her first of three goals at the 24:06 mark of the first half. The assist was credited to junior Eva Reyes. At the 22:59 mark of the first half, Curtis scored an unassisted goal to bring the score to 2-0. Northwest would get three corner kicks in the half while Piketon had five.
At the 30:33 mark of the second half, Hannah Bay attempted a goal, but it fell short. At the 25:29 mark, Alexander was called for handling the ball outside of the box which allowed Jenkins an opportunity for a direct kick that sailed high. Then, a foul against Northwest led to Bay getting a direct kick that sailed high at 20:18 in the second half.
Throckmorton would earn her second goal of the night unassisted with 13:37 remaining in the match, extending their lead to 3-0. Ally Crothers answered back at the 11:47 mark with a direct kick after a foul, putting the Redstreaks on the board, but still trailing at 3-1. Curtis would attempt another goal, as did Throckmorton, but Alexander was credited with the save. At 1:00 mark of the match, Throckmorton attempted another kick that went wide. Then, with 10 seconds remaining in the contest, Throckmorton would score again on an unassisted goal, bringing home the Mohawks a 4-1 win against Piketon.
Coach Amburgey added following their victory, “The second half of the season has been good for us. We lost a key player in Destiny Ruth on the defensive side, but we have had several ladies step up and have a huge impact in recent games. Tonight was no different as (Eva) Reyes played her assignment perfectly and anytime we needed something cleaned up in the back, Kaley Hamilton was there to swoop in.”
Senior Sydnie Jenkins of Northwest added following her goal performance and 4-1 team win, “I am very proud of not only tonight’s game, but also of the past few games my team has played. We have worked really hard lately and have made tremendous improvement in the last few weeks. I think we have surprised a few teams lately, and I am beyond excited that we made history tonight by winning our first tournament game ever. We have accomplished a lot this season and I’m excited to see how the team does next year as they continue to improve.”
Northwest travels on Wednesday to face a tough Lynchburg-Clay squad for a spot in the girls’ district semifinals next Tuesday at Waverly.
Mohawks 3, Dragons 2
The Mohawks soccer team made it past the West Union Dragons 3-2 in their sectional match Tuesday night. Dragons’ Conner Campbell would take the first shot of the night at the 33:55 mark, but Mohawks goalkeeper Nick Hicks would get the save. Northwest senior Evan Throckmorton took a corner kick at the 32:29 mark, but the Mohawks would fail to score. At the 27:04 mark, Throckmorton took a shot which was saved by West Union goalie Colt Parker. Throckmorton would try two more times at 22:40 and 20:23, both of which Parker would again save. Dragons’ Zane Kingsolver would get the ball to take an unassisted goal, placing the first score of the night on the board at 18:28 to give West Union a 1-0 lead.
Throckmorton would return with a goal nearly two minutes later at the 16:29 mark on an assist from Trent Deemer. Just over a minute later, from 30 yards out, Throckmorton would again score on an assist from Cody Mosley at the 15:25 mark of the game. Throckmorton would try for a direct kick at 12:20 that was saved by Parker. With 7:10 remaining in the half, Campbell attempted a kick for the Dragons that sailed high. Northwest would try two more kicks in to the goal in the first half that were saved by Parker. West Union would also try two more kicks that both sailed high. With thirty-five seconds remaining in the half, West Union would score on an own goal, bringing the score to a 2-2 tie entering the break.
The second half would see Campbell of West Union with an attempt that went wide. Throckmorton would then follow with a direct kick at 45 yards out that just missed. At the 21:05 mark, Northwest senior Chase McClay made an unassisted goal to bring the Mohawks to a 3-2 lead. Northwest attempted five more kicks that were unsuccessful, but ultimately held off the Dragons to finish the game with the 3-2 win.
Northwest will host Valley in the sectional championship Wednesday night for a spot in the district semifinals where they will meet the winner of Rock Hill and Wheelersburg at Waverly immediately following the first district semifinal matchup of the day at approximately 1:00 p.m.
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT