PCHS Girls shutout Nicholas County 2-0 on Senior Night
#15 PCHS (6-7-1).................2
Nicholas County (3-9-1)......0
When the first West Virginia Public School Cup soccer tournament was canceled at the end of September, that left the Lady Warriors with two fewer matches to play, both against ranked teams, and an eight-day period in which to get rusty. PCHS still jumped to their highest finish of this season in the state soccer rankings, from #17 to #15, as of games played through September 1. The Class AAA Nicholas County Lady Grizzlies traveled to PCHS on October 6 to try to avenge a 1-0 defeat at Summersville earlier in the season.
It was Senior Night at PCHS, and the Lady Warriors started strong. With 16:13 to go in the first half, junior Claire Mosesso found junior team high scorer Sam Walton open and passed to Walton, who scored and gave PCHS the 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later, at the 9:16 mark, Walton dropped back twice and got a pass to junior Olivia Walton who shot right over the goalie's head for the 2-0 lead. That 2-0 margin held for the match and for the second shutout of NCHS this season.
PCHS had 18 shots on goal: Walton - 6, senior Erin White - 4, Workman - 3, junior Amy Bennett - 2, freshman Harley Francisco - 2 and Mosesso - 1. Sophomore goalie Lorena Rose had seven keeper saves, and PCHS led NCHS on corner kicks 8-1 and on direct kicks 9-6. NCHS got the only indirect kick.
Four senior girls were recognized after the girls' win, three players and scorekeeper of two years Makinsey Cochran. Cochran, daughter of Brenda and Greg Cochran, participates in FCA, TRIBE spirit club, Spanish Club and is a class officer.
Players honored were:
Lyndsey Barlow, daughter of Star and Jeff Barlow, lists her activities as basketball, TRIBE, Spanish Club, FCA, Hula Hoop Club and NHS; vocalist Erica Rebinski, daughter of Christine and John Rebinski, is active in band as the field commander, jazz band, track and soccer; and Erin White, daughter of coaches Kathy and Steve White, is involved in basketball, soccer, track, TRIBE, Spanish Club, NHS and the Spanish Honor Society. Barlow and Rebinski were both voted all-state in soccer in previous years. All three players mentioned getting to the state soccer tournament final four their freshmen year, 2008, as their most memorable PCHS moment. The girls lost to current three-time defending state champion Charleston Catholic in the 2008 A/AA semi-finals in Beckley.
The Lady Warriors final game of the season before sectionals is at Petersburg October 13 at 6 p.m.