Fall Sports Scoreboard — Sept. 9
Portsmouth 3, Ironton 0 (27-25, 27-25, 25-21)
IRONTON — The Portsmouth Trojans continued as road warriors on Thursday, traveling to Ohio Valley Conference rival Ironton and sweeping the Lady Tigers in three sets — each of which were decided by less than four points.
The win, Portsmouth’s third straight league win on the road, improved its overall record to 4-0 (3-0 OVC).
Unofficially, Sydney Tackett led the Lady Trojans with 11 kills, Madison Perry had 10, and Kennedy Bowling finished with 10 and four blocks.
Portsmouth will travel to South Gallia on Monday (Sept. 13), and will host Rock Hill on Tuesday in its first home match since the season opener against Manchester.
Valley 9, Clay 3
ROSEMOUNT — The Valley Indians remain unbeaten — overall and in SOC I play — following Thursday’s 9-3 road win over Clay.
Austin Sommers had a hat trick for the Indians in the winning effort, while Davey Petry scored a pair of goals.
Chase Ruby, Chase Powell, Bryce Stuart and Lucie Ashkettle each had one goal apiece, as the Indians are now 4-0 (1-0 SOC I) to begin the 2021 season.
Ruby had a pair of assists, as Colt Buckle, J.R. Holbrook, Chris Queen, Ashkettle, Sommers and Dalton Setty each had one assist.
The Indians attempted 14 shots on goal, five corner kicks, and led 7-1 at the halftime break.
Valley will host Peebles on Monday (Sept. 13), before a key SOC I home game against Ironton St. Joseph on Thursday (Sept. 16).
Northwest 3, South Webster 3
SOUTH WEBSTER — South Webster and Northwest battled to a draw in SOC II play on Thursday — as a late goal by the Mohawks tied the contest until the end of regulation.
Trae Zimmerman scored the game’s first goal less than four minutes in on a ball assisted by Will Collins, giving SW an early 1-0 lead.
Zimmerman would dish a pair of assists to Connor Bender for first-half goals, which gave the Jeeps a two-score lead at the time of each score.
Bender’s second goal at the 36-minute mark of the first half gave SW a 3-1 lead.
Kailan Marshall scored Northwest’s lone goal of the first half — on a ball assisted by Caleb Lewis at the 19-minute mark.
Lewis would then bring the Mohawks to within one, with an unassisted goal at at 15-minute mark of the second half.
Levi Bruch played the hero role for a draw result, finding the back of the net with just two minutes left — and tying the score at 3-3.
“Got off to a terrible start and were down 3-0 just a few minutes in, but the kids battled back and fought until the end,” Northwest coach Josh Keeney said afterwards. “Proud of the kids for not just giving in. They showed a little fire tonight, something I haven’t seen this season. South Webster’s a solid team and as always is well-coached, so to come to their place and compete was encouraging. We are so banged up right now, with seven guys out with various things. We had guys step up and play pretty well and we’re very proud of them.”
“I felt like we should have won this game, but we had to settle for the tie. We started off very well going up 2-0 with two great passes that set up Trae and Connor for the one-on-one with the keeper,” SW coach Corey Claxon said. “They both put nice shots to the back of the net. Northwest scored on a corner kick and that kept them in the game. Connor scored one more on a ball that was played in on a direct free kick. He headed the ball into the upper-right 90. I love seeing those kinds of goals.”
Both teams are now 2-3-1, as the Jeeps remain even in the SOC II at 2-2-1.
Northwest will travel to Waverly on Tuesday night in SOC II play, while South Webster will host Waverly on Thursday.
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