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Parkersburg girls rout Midland, 5-0

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ONA -- For most of the first half Tuesday evening the Cabell Midland girls soccer team was desperately clearing the ball out of its defensive end in an effort to halt the Parkersburg Big Reds attack.

By the early second half, the Knights were spending more time fishing the ball out of the back of the net as the Big Reds rolled to a 5-0 win on Cabell Midland's home field.

The Knights played hard, but Parkersburg clearly had the edge in skill.

"They showed us how we're supposed to play," Cabell Midland head coach Andy Wilson said. "They just kept taking it to us all night long and we kept backing up; not doing the things we're supposed to be doing."

Cabell Midland's tactic of clear and regroup was working for most of the first half.

The Big Reds got plenty of scoring opportunities, but players were missing the net.

Parkersburg got its first goal nine minutes into the game, when junior captain Jess Rogers sent a high-arcing, slow-paced shot from about 25 yards out. Cabell Midland starting keeper Shelly French had a hard time judging the ball, and it slipped in the net behind her to put Parkersburg up 1-0.

After that, the Big Reds had nine shots, only one of which required a save. The rest went wide or high, while two struck the goal frame.

It looked as though Cabell Midland might get to the half only down one, but a bad angle shot in the right side of the box from Parkersburg's Dani McCay somehow slid into the left corner of the net in the 40th minute, putting the Big Reds up 2-0 at the break.

At halftime, Parkersburg coach Kristen Schreiber's message to her teams was "finish." Parkersburg tied its opener with Woodrow Wilson, 2-2, on Saturday. Schreiber said that was another game in which the Big Reds didn't close out on goal.

"That was the focus yesterday at practice and our focus today, and reminding them at halftime that we've got to take care of our opportunities," Schreiber said. "We're young and we're still growing, but we have to learn that those opportunities are important. ... some games you may only get five shots on goal and you have to put one of those away."

Message received.

One minute and 13 seconds into the second half, McCay struck again, this time on a shot hammered from the right side of the box that blew past the keeper.

Less than five minutes later, McCay sent a high cross from about the same location that found the foot of Abby Johnson right in front of the net. Johnson easily flicked the ball home for a score.

One minute later, the Big Reds got their final goal when Rylee Boggess found the net.

"Three goals in 10 minutes, that's the way to come out of a half and attack them," Schreiber said. "I was pleased with that."

Cabell Midland only managed one shot on goal. It came off the foot of freshman Alyssa Long following a run she basically made by herself in the second half. The attempt was handled by Parkersburg keeper Sunni Terosky, who spelled starter Taylor Beckley in the final 40 minutes.

"It's all a learning experience," Wilson said. "Especially after two wins, I wanted to see how our team would respond against a good team like Parkersburg. It brought us down to earth and now they know the things they need to work on."

Cabell Midland won its first two contests against Scott and Poca.

Midland falls to 2-1-0 on the season while Parkersburg improves to 1-0-1.

PARKERSBURG 2 3 -- 5

CABELL MIDLAND 0 0 -- 0

P -- Rogers, 9th minute.

P -- McCay, 40th minute.

P -- McCay, 42nd minute.

P -- Johnson (McCay), 47th minute.

P -- Boggess, 50th minute.

Shots: P 27 (10 on goal); CM 1 (1 on goal). Corners: P 16; CM 0. Saves: P 1 (Terosky); CM 5 (French 3, MacKensie Dillon, 2).

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