Two quick goals give Morgantown win over Linsly
WHEELING – Morgantown has retired the trophy.
The Morgantown boys’ soccer netted two goals less than two minutes apart in the second half en route to a 3-1 victory over Linsly in the OVAC Cup Tournament final Monday night at Wheeling Island Stadium.
“It feels great,” Morgantown (11-1-1) head coach Joe Melia said. “We wanted to bring it back home again. We wanted to repeat. It is exciting to be able to do that.”
The Mohigans won the title last year as the No. 8 seed. Morgantown defeated No.6 Wheeling Park in the final, 2-0.
Morgantown was the No. 2 seed this season and entered the tournament having won the OVAC Class 5A regular season championship.
“It feels the same as last year’s did,” Melia said. “We were able to defend the title this year. That makes it that much better.”
The game was deadlocked at 1 at the half. Morgantown gained the advantage with goals with 13:36 and 12:11 left to play in the game.
“If you have to lose, that is a good team to lose to,” Linsly (11-4) head coach Eric Fries said. “Our kids played hard. They played with great tenacity. They work hard.
“They scored two great goals. One was a left foot no-look shot. It just dipped down into the goal. You can’t stop that. Nobody can stop that. It was a great goal on any level.”
Kilian Stapen, Zach Kilwein and Addison Luck netted goals for the Mohigans.
“I have told Kilian and Zack at practice and during games that they need to shoot more,” Melia said. “Good things happen when they do.”
Ify Chima contributed the Cadets’ goal. Mason George recorded an assist.
The Mohigans scored first when Luck found the back of the net with 12:31 left in the first half giving Morgantown a 1-0 advantage.
The lead lasted a little more than two minutes.
Chima scored to tie the game 10:29 before halftime.
Killian scored from long range to put Morgantown up 2-1, and then Stapen tallied his goal to make the score 3-1.
“I am proud of how hard my kids played,” Fries said. “I think they earned a lot of respect with how well they played in the tournament.
“I have a good group of seniors. Unfortunately, we were not able to finish it with a win.”
Luck’s goal was the first one the Cadets allowed in the tournament.
“Linsly really wanted it,” Melia said. “They had us back on our heels in the first half. It was a really-well played game.”
Linsly’s next game is at 5:30 p.m. today at home against Harrison Central.
“We have got 10 games left,” Fries said. “We go again tomorrow. We still have to play Weir High. We like playing them. Then, we will play in the Midwest Prep Tournament. I am looking forward to that. This is like a midseason tournament for us.”
Morgantown’s next game is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Morgantown.
“They wanted it,” Melia said. “They worked hard the last couple of days. I’m going to give them a day off tomorrow. It will just be one though.”
Fries coached the Brooke boys to an OVAC championship back in 2004.
“I have had successful team after successful team,” Fries said. “The thing is I have had kids who are willing to work hard. They work tremendously hard. It is nice to have kids like that, who want to work.
“We lost today, but we are a school of 210 kids. Morgantown has 1,500. We have got a small school, but our kids work hard. I am grateful to them for playing as well as they have this season.”
This was the final year of the cup tournament. Next year, each of the three classes will have a tournament to decide the class champion.
Lee Weppler, who played for Fries at Brooke, led the Brooke girls’ soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Linsly in the girls’ final Monday night. The Cadets are coached by former Brooke player and coach Erica Hall.