PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg valued its throw-ins to such a degree that the game ball went to sophomore Lauren Leaman, who gave the Big Reds several scoring opportunities in a 0-0 tie with ninth-ranked Brooke during Thursday's girls soccer match at Stadium Field.
"Lauren was all over the place tonight," PHS coach Kristen Schreiber said after her club moved to 9-5-3. "Her throw-ins are spectacular. Unfortunately, we couldn't convert on some of those.
"We had some chances and I thought Lauren defensively played well. She came up when she needed to come up. Just her overall effort, she did a great job tonight."
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Parkersburg's Quincy Taylor, center, competes for the ball off a Big Red corner kick Thursday against Brooke's Lauren Altobell, left, and Jessie Wayne. The game ended in a scoreless tie.
Leaman nearly picked up an assist late in the first half when her pass downfield had too much pace and sailed over the head of Dani McCay, who was sprinting toward the box with a defender at her side.
Leaman's presence made quite an impact once again in the early moments of the second half. Teammate Kailey Cox took possession of Leaman's throw-in inside the box. The ball appeared to scoot past the Brooke keeper, but after the dust settled moments later Payge Farmer gathered in the shot on goal.
Farmer finished with five saves, including one on PHS Halie Hill with less than 30 seconds remaining before intermission. Hill found a seam directly in front of Farmer, but the shot attempt was corralled with both arms.
"For the way we've been playing, tonight's effort was much better," Schreiber said. "Tonight is more the team that I know we can play like."
Defensively, PHS concentrated its efforts on the Brooke's two forwards - Michaela Hinerman and Dynah Sayre. Hinerman gave the Big Reds the most fits while attempting four shots on goal, including the Bruins' first three in the opening 20 minutes.
"Both of their forwards are very quick," Schreiber said. "That's a very athletic team they have. They like to play that long ball and I thought our back four played well together. They knew when the long ball was coming and adjusted to it.
"We didn't really give them many chances tonight."
At one point, Hinerman drew a double-team and still managed to find PHS keeper Sunni Terosky, who ended the night with seven saves.
"Terosky held strong and was consistent tonight," Schreiber said. "She didn't make any mistakes and for being a sophomore, that's what I ask of her and that's to minimize those mistakes."
Brooke, which entered the match averaging 4 1/2 goals, moves to 12-3-2.
"This was a good battle," Brooke coach Lee Weppler said. "Parkersburg has a good group of girls that possess the ball well. They keep it simple and they play tough.
"It was a good game back and forth. We just couldn't get one to go into the back of the net."