PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg South snapped a 2-2 halftime tie with a three-goal burst in a span of 11:18 of the second half en route to a 5-3 girls soccer win over visiting University Tuesday evening in the Patriots' home opener at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
South got two goals from senior midfielder Kirsten Jones to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Patriot girls play next on Thursday at John Marshall, with the varsity match at 5 p.m. followed by the JV.
Two quick South goals in the first 7:15 of the game staked the Patriots to a 2-0 lead by the 32:45 mark of the first half.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
University’s Elissa Warden, left, battles Parkersburg South’s Meredith O’Bara for the ball Tuesday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. South scored a 5-3 win in its first match of the season.
Monica Stanwick scored from right wing at 35:45, getting a kick up and over the University keeper into the far side of the goal.
Then, an even three minutes later, junior Taylor Life took a crossing pass from Jones and hoisted a pop fly into the net as the goalie backed up, but couldn't get to the ball in time.
But University rallied to knot the count at 2-all with a pair of back-to-back goals on wicked line-drive shots that caromed off South keeper Alexis Skinner's hands and into the net at the 10:47 and 10:13 by Elizabeth Custer and Alex Mocyunas, respectively.
The Patriots, though, tallied three straight goals in the initial 17 minutes of the second half to forge a 5-2 advantage.
At the 34:18 mark from the left side, Jones skied a ball over the goalie and into the net to give South the lead for keeps at 3-2.
Then after Skinner made a second-effort save on a shot that bounced up and over her, but that she was able to recover at the goal line with 28:00 to play, the Patriots' Lexi Smith banged home a shot from the left side at 25:00 to up the edge to 4-2.
And with 23:00 remaining, Jones booted in a shot from in front of the net before the Hawks, now 1-1-1, got a late score from Meghan Zerkel with just 6:20 left to play for the final goal of the game.
"We started very well with two quick goals," said South head coach Ron Bucholtz. "But traditionally, a two-goal lead in soccer is a scary lead because the girls get complacent - and that's exactly what they did."
But "we talked to them and fixed a few things at halftime, and we saw the result in the second half," said Bucholtz. "We played beautifully in the second half - good passing, good ball control, good possessions - as we had the ball in their end of the field for pretty much the whole second half."