PARKERSBURG - Host Parkersburg High School got the only goal it needed here Tuesday night at Stadium Field when Tommy Logston found the back of the net in the 16th minute as the Big Red boys rolled past Cabell Midland, 4-0, and in the process secured the red and white's 400th all-time soccer win.
Big Red head coach Don Fosselman, now in his 26th year, watched his defense and midfield control the game against the now 1-1 Knights, who had very few solid looks at the net.
Although the Big Reds (1-0-1) failed to convert on seven corner kicks in the first half, the hosts took the lead for good 15:50 into the affair. That's when Evan Rhodes sent a perfect through ball to Tyler Bro, who pushed it off to the left side as Logston beat Knight keeper Blake Beneke at the far post.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg’s Hunter Hill runs past Cabell Midland’s Brodie Wallace during their match Tuesday at Stadium Field. Parkersburg scored a 4-0 win.
"Wasn't that sweet," Fosselman said of the picturesque play following the triumph. "It was a good night because we got the victory for Parkersburg High School against an MSAC opponent who had an outstanding goalie and it was a good night because we got to play a lot of players."
Parkersburg, which returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a road tilt at Huntington, added two goals in less than 10 minutes after the break to take control.
In the 50th minute, Rhodes' throw-in was headed in for a 2-0 cushion by Bro. Logston registered an assist when Brandon DeCicco tallied a back post header in the 59th minute.
Cabell Midland's best scoring chance came in the 66th minute when Andrew Hogue worked the ball down the left side. However, when he fired the shot it was right at Big Red keeper Reid Strobl, who left after the 73rd minute in favor of Nathan Holland.
Before DeCicco's goal, Big Red Travon Nelson had a scoring opportunity inside the box, but his shot was just wide left. In the first half, not long before PHS made it 1-0, the hosts had a prime opportunity, but Tyler Miller's shot drilled the top of the crossbar.
With just 40 seconds left to play, PHS sophomore forward Chris Nwoye tallied his first varsity goal thanks to a Jack Terosky assist.
"Well, you have to thank like Ian Schmidt too because he went up for that ball and it went over him, through the defender and I just happened to be on the right end," said Nwoye, who angled his shot inside the right post. "It was very exciting and it's a great honor to be a part of this team."
The Knights will be back on the pitch at 10 a.m. Saturday when they take on host Huntington St. Joe.