Hiland Girls Soccer

West Holmes stays hot, cranks out third shutout of the week

For the third match in a row, the West Holmes defense has not allowed a goal. When you do that, you have a good chance of winning.

The Lady Knights got goals from Kerri Wagner, Ali Gilt and Natalie Parsons in a 3-0 win over Hiland in Berlin on Oct. 17. The clean slate was the third of the week for West Holmes who have out-scored their opponent 14-0 in those three wins.

“It’s a nice way to end the season and head into tournaments,”said West Holmes coach Josh Wengerd. “We talked about two goals this week. One, win all three games this week and number two was not get injured. It was nice to accomplish both goals. That’s a good way to head into the second season.”

Hiland (6-7-3) played tough and held West Holmes scoreless most of the first half despite several attacks on goal by the Lady Knights. Hawks’ sweeper Lindsey Yoder and stopper Megan Beechy repeatedly thwarted the West Holmes attack. 22 minutes into the first half Yoder cleared a Whitney Miller shot, that was already past Hiland keeper Beth Boyles, off the goal line to preserve the 0-0 tie.

Ten minutes later though Miller forced a foul in the Hiland penalty area resulting in a penalty kick for West Holmes. In the 32nd minute freshman Kerri Wagner stepped to the penalty spot, hammered home the freebie with confidence and put the Lady Knights up 1-0. (video)

“Miss Whitney Miller drew the foul in the box and Kerri (Wagner) is smooth like butter from the spot. It’s like watching Mark Price shoot a free throw,” said Wengerd.

The game would go to the break just 1-0, although West Holmes dominated the possession. The Hawks had just one shot on the entire evening and didn’t have one good scoring opportunity.

Ali Gilt then opened the game up a bit when she found the net in the game’s 46th minutes. The dangerous striker struck again after being moved up to the forward position by Wengerd. Gilt played the first half as the center midfielder.

“She’s a threat up there,” said Wengerd about Gilt. “She’s was big and fast in the second half for us and gave them a different look. They had their hands full with her up top.”

Parsons then capped off the scoring for the night when she took a nice Gilt drop-pass just outside the 18-yard box and shot it just outside of the reach of Boyle and into the Hiland goal. This is the second game in a row that Parsons has dialed long distant for a Lady Knights’ goal. (video)

“I saw the defender coming, so I cut it back like I normally do and just hit it hoping it was going in,” said Parsons. “Every time I hit it like that I think it is going to go over, but then somehow it drops right down in the goal. It was a great pass from Ali.”

The Knights are now 9-6-1 on the season with the three-game winning streak.

“For awhile in the season we were struggling and even had a losing streak,” said Parsons. “It feels good to be back winning again going into the tournament.”

Savannah Rogers had just one save in goal for West Holmes and her counterpart Beth Boyles had three.

West Holmes out-shot Hiland 7-1 and had four corner kicks to Hiland’s nil.

Up next for Hiland will be its Div. III District opening game against Stuebenville Central Catholic. The Hawks are the three seed, Stuebenville is the four, so that game will be at Hiland High School on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Lady Knights will be in action on Thursday, Oct. 22 as well when they get their district tournament started. West Holmes will be at home against East Liverpool starting at 6:30 p.m.

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