PCHS Boys stun #8 Shady Spring 3-0 at Beckley
#6 Lady Warriors shut-out Nicholas County 3-0
PCHS soccer coaches Steve and Kathy White got some good and bad news before the October 5 soccer matches.ﾠ
The good news: PCHS Girls upset of ﾠ#6 ranked Midland Trail the previous week vaulted the Lady Warriors from #9 back to #6 in the state soccer A/AA rankings last week, the biggest jump of any team in that poll.ﾠ Trail dropped one slot to #7 with the loss to PCHS.
The bad news: talented junior starting mid-fielder Erin White will be out of soccer for the rest of the season.ﾠWhite hurt her knee in a PCHS powder puff football game, but with a full leg brace and physical therapy, White should be recovered in time to handle her starting point guard position for the girls basketball team this winter.
The Lady Warriors Soccer team traveled to Class AAA Nicholas County without White and still without leading scorer, all-state sophomore Samantha Walton.ﾠ Walton is practicing with the team and should be ready for full-time play by sectionals.ﾠ Coach White reported that someone will have to step up and fill a slot left void by the juniorﾒs injury.
The first half was a scoreless tie, but senior all-stater Morgan Williamson scored two goals in the second half with an assist on ﾠthe first goal from fellow junior all-stater Lyndsey Barlow.ﾠ The PCHS defense led by junior goalie Sara Jonese is to be commended for their third shutout of the season.
The Lady Warriorsﾒ record improved to 8-4-0 and Nicholas County dropped to 1-12-1.ﾠ Nicholas County had been beaten in seven games by one or two goals to ranked teams, so they are better than their record indicates.ﾠ PCHS won both 2009 matchups with the Grizzlies by the same 2-0 score.
#6 Sissonville Boys win the Battle of the tribes at Beckley
The PCHS Boys Soccer team traveled to Beckley on October 5 to face the #6 ranked Sissonville Indians at the YMCA Soccer Complex.
Sissonville scored the first goal of the game on a PCHS hands call in the box, a recurrent problem this season for the Warriors.ﾠﾠ The Indians led 3-0 at the half, but the momentum changed early in the second half after Sissonville scored several quick goals.ﾠ Coach Steve White did lots of subbing in the second half.
Junior speedster Bill Kelley was the only Warrior who was able to score against the senior-loaded Indians, and that was in the last 10 minutes of the match.ﾠ The final score was 9-1.
The Warriors record dropped to 2-7-2 and the Indians improved to 10-3-2.ﾠﾠ PCHS shutout Sissonville 1-0 last season, and that match was also played at Beckley.
#5 Shady Spring comes from behind to nip #6 Lady Warriors 2-1 at Beckley
The Class A #6 Lady Warriors traveled to Beckley on October 7 to play Class AA # 5 Shady Spring, and the match was a battle to the finish.ﾠ Expectations that a matchup between #5 and #6ﾠ would be close, were verified byﾠ the stats at the end of the game.ﾠ
PCHS goalie Sara Jonese and Shady goalie Ashley Stalnaker each had two saves.ﾠ Both teams had three shots on goal, and all of the Lady Warrior shots were taken by senior all-stater Morgan Williamson.ﾠ Shady had three corner kicks to two for PCHS.
Williamson scored first in the match from the left side of the box on a Chelsea Walker assist to put Pocahontas County up 1-0 in the 11th minute of the match.
A Shady freshman, a transfer from Parkersburg, raced up on a breakaway in the 63rd minute and got past a PCHS defender and fired a bullet into the back of the net from 20 yards out to tie the match at 1-1.
The same freshman later added her eighth goal of the season when a Shady junior found her alone in the middle of the box in the 78th minute to take the 2-1 lead.
While the Tigers roared to life in the second half, injury-wracked PCHS just wore down.ﾠ Williamson had both Warrior shots on goal in the first half and their only solid try in the second half, as well.ﾠ
PCHS sophomore all-state and team high scorer Samantha Walton played sparingly for the first time since her injury in the Greenbrier East 1-0 win on September 14.ﾠ But the Warriors suffered another major injury blow when defender Erica Rebinski left the game because of a knee injury, and is also sporting a leg brace now.ﾠ It was also reported that sophomore Claire Mosesso sustained an ankle injury in the match. Mosesso will be able to play in the next game while wearing an ankle brace.
Shady coach Joey Beckett was quoted about the game in the Register-Herald by Dan Stillwell.ﾠ
ﾓToday they (PCHS) had clean passes (early), but we started intercepting them.ﾠ Pocahontas is a good team.ﾠ We were very fortunate tonight.ﾔﾠ
Coach Steve White was quoted about the effect of having key starters White, Walton and now Rebinski all on the injured list.
PCHS drops to (8-5) and Shady jumps to an impressive 12-1-2.ﾠ Shadyﾒs only loss was to #2 Pikeview 0-2.
The Lady Warriors have a rescheduled senior afternoon matchup with Class AA Liberty (Harrison County) on Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.
PCHS Boys stun #8 Shady with 3-0 shut-out at Beckley
The young and improving PCHS Boys Soccer Team pulled off a big upset October 7 in Beckley when they shutout the #8 ranked Shady Spring Tigers 3-0.ﾠ
After PCHS hammered Shady last season 9-0, the 2010 Warriors refused to be intimidated by the current rankings and records of the two schools.
Freshman Garrett McCurdy was the first to score for the Warriors off an assist from junior Bill Kelley.ﾠ Center midfielder sophomore Parker White then scored a header when a direct kick by McCurdy bounced off the Tiger goalieﾒs hands.ﾠ The third and final goal for the 3-0 win was another goal by McCurdy with an assist from Kelley.
The Warriors took only their third win of the season and stand at (3-7-2), while Shady drops to 8-2-1.ﾠ One of Shadyﾒs two losses this season was a 2-4 loss at #2 Oak Hill.
The Warrior defensive effort, led by sophomore goalie Frankie Lambert, was also impressive, getting their first shut-out of the season against a top-10 team that had not been shut-out this season, even by #2 Oak Hill.
Freshman Caleb Arbogast was taken by ambulance from the match to get an injury checked, and the promising freshman got a good report after a long night in the ER.
The Warriors have a rescheduled senior afternoon matchup with Class AA Liberty (Harrison County) at PCHS on Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m., and the Warriors hope to continue their new found success at their last regular season game of the season.ﾠ
Sectional pairings and home field advantage for next weekﾒs boys and girls post-season play, both based upon rankings, should be released this week.