VIENNA -Peter Keiser's goal off a penalty kick with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner as Parkersburg Catholic defeated Williamstown 1-0 at Jackson Park.
"The goal off the penalty kick was a no-doubter," Parkersburg Catholic coach Shane Hartshorn said. "Peter was nice and calm on the attempt."
The Crusaders, who improved to 14-6-0, dominated the stat sheet after recording 28 shots compared to just seven for Williamstown.
"Two days of rain made it sloppy - we controlled the game but we could not finish," Hartshorn continued. "Williamstown is a real young team, but they have a lot of talent and they were physical. They took us away from our game."
Keiser was one of nine Crusaders recognized on senior night. PCHS will play again on Tuesday in a Class AA/A sectional opener against St. Marys beginning at 7 p.m. in Ravenswood.
"It was senior night and perhaps our kids were pumped up way too much, and tried to do too much all at once," Hartshorn said.
Receiving credit for the shutout was PCHS freshman keeper Marijka Lynch-Pastoor, who was rarely tested and only had to make one first-half save. Crusader defenders Daniel Ambrozy, Tully Lynch-Pastoor and Erica Tracewell made things easy for their keeper.
"The defense has had only two bad games all season," Hartshorn said. "Erica Tracewell, for a girl, plays defense against the boys teams and does very well."