PARKERSBURG - Outscored 3-2 in the first half, Parkersburg High's boys rallied back with three goals in a span of 6:10 in the second half to improve to 4-0 on the young soccer season with a 5-3 win over visiting Jefferson Saturday afternoon at Stadium Field.
The Cougars, now 1-1-2, never trailed in the first half, getting the game's first goal with just 5:46 elapsed.
PHS then tied the score twice at 1-1 and 2-2, at 30:05 and 6:39 respectively, on goals by junior Nick Payne.
But Jefferson took its 3-2 lead at halftime on an acrobatic over-the-head kick for a goal by Catalino Leon at the 5:29 mark.
The host Big Reds, though, bounced back in the second half to shut out the Cougars while scoring three times from 18:10 to 12:00.
Before that happened however, the ref pulled out four yellow cards - three against PHS - in a seven to eight-minute span as the teams both got a mite ''chippy.''
But even that didn't deter the Big Reds from their task at hand, as soon after things calmed down somewhat, PHS sophomore Hunter Hill scored off a deflection on a save that Jefferson goalie Matt Saghy leaped high to make, only to have Hill in the right spot to boot the ball into the net at 18:10 to even the count at 3-all.
Then Big Red senior Garrett Kruger notched the game-winning goal at 13:18, slamming a shot home on an angle from the left side, and sophomore Tommy Logston added an insurance tally on a penalty kick at 12:00, smacking it into the lower right corner of the net.
And still another yellow card appeared - this time after the game ended - when the teams were on the field shaking hands with the officials and a little flare-up occurred, with PHS dealt its fourth of the afternoon.
The three Big Red players that got yellow-carded during the game itself ''didn't play any more either, did they?'' said PHS head coach Don Fosselman. ''Pine time is a great motivator.''
Discussing the game itself, Fosselman said that in ''the first half, we got beat at our own game. Jefferson possessed the ball, passed the ball well and when not passing, played everything very direct over the top.''
''And they had some nice goals - there was nothing cheap about them,'' noted Fosselman, who had watched his Big Reds surrender only one goal total in their first three games.
Fosselman, with six state soccer championships at PHS to his credit, was ''so proud of how our kids came back in the second half. We came out and just played it simple. We got one goal to tie it up, then got a little motivated.''