Prep soccer: PCHS blanks Jackets

WILLIAMSTOWN – Two-sport athlete Carson Weyer probably never saw the cup in golf as spacious as the gap created for his game-winning goal during Parkersburg Catholic’s 1-0 soccer victory at Williamstown on Tuesday afternoon.

The only goal of the match occurred 10 minutes into the second half and originated when Peter Keiser’s shot attempt sailed off the fingertips of Williamstown keeper Tyler Powell. The Crusaders were awarded one of their 10 corner kicks on the ball which landed out of bounds.

Stationed at the right side of the field, Luke Cardenas sent the corner kick into the box exactly where Weyer had lined up. The keeper had vacated the part of the net which was in Weyer’s line of sight and the senior easily scored his first goal of the season for the Crusaders (1-1).

Instead of competing for the PCHS golf team on Tuesday, Weyer decided to suit up for the soccer team. For Thursday’s home match against Caldwell, it’s the soccer team which will be without his services.

“I was just following the ball,” Weyer said. “I just got lucky and it came right to me.”

PCHS dominated the first 25 minutes of the match and outshot the Yellowjackets 12-1 during that span. However, Powell kept the shutout intact by posting five saves.

In the latter stages of the first half, Williamstown started to assert itself and allowed only two shots in the final 15 minutes before intermission.

The Yellowjackets took the initiative in the early moments of the second half as freshman Jonathan Dietz wedged his way into the box and had two shots on goal smothered by PCHS keeper Marijka Lynch-Pastoor.

Only a freshman, Lynch-Pastoor needed her ‘A’ game to stifle several last-ditch efforts by the Yellowjackets’ Brandon McPherson. On one attempt, she fell to her knees and gathered the shot. On the second instance, McPherson went high but Lynch-Pastoor tipped the ball up and over the crossbar.

“(Lynch-Pastoor) came up with big saves, especially after not seeing the ball pretty much the whole first half,” PCHS coach Shane Hartshorn said. “It could put you asleep, but she stayed awake and did a fine job.”

With one minute remaining in the second half, McPherson connected with crossbar and the ball went untouched out-of-bounds.

“We have eight freshmen and this is the first time we have played together, and we did really well,” Williamstown coach Telma Poole said. “(Wednesday), we are going to train on being a little bit more physical.

“This is just the first game – I think we will be fine for the whole season.”

For the match, PCHS outshot Williamstown 26-8.

“We possessed most of the game, but finishing has been an issue for us,”Hartshorn said. “They looked a lot better today talking to each other, dropping the ball and working the ball better.”

“Williamstown is very physical and did very well knocking us off the ball.”