Spring Valley rolls at Chesapeake
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- The Spring Valley girls soccer team scored four goals in a four-minute stretch of the first half Wednesday on its way to a 5-0 road win over Chesapeake.
The Timberwolves (12-4), seemed to be strangely hesitant in the first 20 minutes, passing the ball along the back line and not making many aggressive moves on the Chesapeake net, despite owning possession of the ball.
Then, in the 21st minute, the attack came.
Freshman Canaan Booton struck first for Spring Valley on a corner kick from Lindsay Fuller that pin-balled around the Panthers' goal box before it was directed in for the score.
The next goal looked almost too easy as Michelle Greider dribbled down the middle of the field before flicking a square pass to Booton in the box, who then put a shot at near point blank range past the Chesapeake keeper in the 24th minute.
Booton completed the hat trick in the 25th minute when she connected on a one-touch volley from a Quincy Webb cross.
Before the game could move to the 26th minute, Chase Davis struck for the Timberwolves, after which Spring Valley coach Todd Smith pulled his starters.
"It gives our other players the benefit of playing in a varsity game," Smith said. "That's our future, and we've only got a few games left this year. We have 15 freshman, and a lot of them are going to have to continue to contribute next year. It also gives us a chance to see what they're capable of doing."
Smith said the slow start was by design. Spring Valley plays Thursday at George Washington in the Nos. 3/4 place game of the Mountain State Athletic Conference playoff. The GW Patriots play on turf at Trace Fork, as does Chesapeake. The Timberwolves play on natural grass at home and in the majority of the team's road games.
"We went with a plan that we wanted to move the ball on turf, get used to it, and really just get our passes settled so we'll be used to it (Thursday) night," Smith said.
Spring Valley didn't fire its first shot until 11 minutes into the match. After that the chances started to build, and, once Booton put a shot home for the first time, the rout was on.
Chesapeake managed one shot in the contest, that came in the second half in the 54th minute. The ball went well over the Spring Valley net.
The Panthers also generated one corner kick in the contest, which came 65 minutes into the match.
Smith brought some of his starters back on late in the game, and Davis scored the final goal of the contest with a long drive in the 74th minute.
After Thursday's match at George Washington, Spring Valley next plays at home Tuesday evening against Huntington St. Joe.
SPRING VALLEY 4 1 -- 5
CHESAPEAKE 0 0 -- 0
SV -- Booton (Fuller) 21st minute.
SV -- Booton (Greider) 24th minute.
SV -- Booton (Webb) 25th minute.
SV -- Davis, 25th minute.
SV -- Davis, 74th minute.
Shots: SV 24 (16 on goal); C 1 (0 on goal). Corners: SV 6; C 1. Saves: SV 0 (Smith, Hazelett); C 9 (Porter)