Red Riders down Red Devils, 5-1
WEIRTON — The Weir girls soccer team took advantage of an off night from St. Clairsville.
The Red Riders scored multiple goals in each half, en route to a 5-1 victory in the first game of a girls and boys doubleheader Tuesday evening at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
“I told the girls they were going to come in and play a good game,” Weir (7-5-2) head coach Jeremy Angelo said. “I told them we were going to have to come out and play. We passed the ball, but at first we had a hard time creating chances. Then, Ava (Taylor) was able to break through and score. We made progress after that. We started to pass the ball better. We started to possess the ball better. The girls like playing in the pink shirts and pink socks.”
St. Clairsville struggled from start to finish.
“It was not even close to being our night,” St. Clairsville (8-3-2) head coach Wes Stoner said. “We did not play well. We just showed up.”
Taylor tallied a hat trick to lead the way offensively for Weir, while Bella Aperfine finished with two goals. Megan Cramer recorded two assists, while Madison Crowe contributed one. Alexis Adams made seven saves in goal.
“Weir played really well,” Stoner said. “Jeremy always has his teams ready. We did not play very well. It was a bad day. We gave up the most goals we have allowed in a game this season. We had only given up six goals coming into tonight. It was a rough showing.”
Macy Malin netted the lone goal of the game for the Red Devils and was unassisted. Jaeda Nowak made six saves in goal.
“Two years ago, we beat them, 3-0, early on a Saturday,” Angelo said. “We went down there last year, and we lost 5-0. This year, we beat them 5-1. Whoever the home team is has had a decided advantage.
“They had some chances. If they scored on those, it could have been a different game. Alexis made some real nice saves in goal tonight. Our defense played well. To hold them to only one goal means we did a real good job.”
The game was scoreless for more than 28 minutes before Taylor put the Red Riders on the board with her first goal, coming with 11:54 left before halftime.
She tallied her second goal less than two minutes later to give Weir a 2-0 lead.
Aperfine produced her first goal less than three minutes into the second half to give the Red Riders a 3-0 lead.
Malin netted St. Clairsville’s goal on a shot from the outside to cut Weir’s advantage to 3-1 with 28:36 still showing on the stadium scoreboard.
Taylor wrapped up her hat trick less than two minutes later to increase the Red Riders’ advantage to 4-1, and then Aperfine finished off the scoring with her second score.
“They did not do anything different from what I could tell,” Stoner said. “They have skilled players. They are quick. They did not do anything special or different. They played well. We didn’t.”
The game was Weir’s first since losing a heartbreaker to Big Red in a shootout in the OVAC Class 5A quarterfinals Sept. 23 at Harding Stadium.
St. Clairsville entered the game coming off of a 5-0 loss to Oak Glen in the OVAC Class 4A final Saturday.
Weir: Hosts Magnolia at 6 p.m. Thursday.
St. Clairsville: Hosts Wheeling Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday.