TCHS Soccer Stars Shine in OVAC All-Star Tilt
Tyler Consolidated High School’s Blake Carpenter helped the West Virginia soccer all-stars defeat Ohio 4-3 in the recent Ohio Valley Athletic Conference game in Steubenville.
Meanwhile, Tyler Consolidated’s Kaylee Hartsfield competed the in annual OVAC All-Star Girls Soccer Game in Steubenville, and helped West Virginia’s top stars defeat Ohio, 5-2.
The West Virginia boys’ soccer team built a 4-0 lead at the break against Ohio, but the Buckeyes battled back in the second half.
Ohio netted three goals in the second stanza, but West Virginia was able to hold on for a 4-3 victory in the annual OVAC All-Star Boys Soccer Game Sunday afternoon on Reno Field inside Harding Stadium.
The Mountaineers were led by Linsly’s Mason George. George recorded a goal and three assists on his way to being named West Virginia’s Offensive MVP.
Also for West Virginia, Linsly’s Sung Bok Yoo, Parkersburg South’s Vincent Scalise and Magnolia’s Oscar Celedon also collected goals.
Steubenville Central’s Jude Ledyard was named Ohio’s Defensive MVP.
“It was fun to be able to see kids you have played against this season or the last four seasons be on the sidelines and interact,” Linsly and West Virginia head coach Eric Fries said. “It was great to see the camaraderie. They were not playing against each other anymore. They were working for each one another. That is the best thing about an all-star game. You get to see the camaraderie between kids who use to play against each other. They get to know each other on a different wavelength.”
Morgantown’s Zach Kilwein tallied an assist on George’s goal.
Morgantown’s Sam Suite was named West Virginia’s Defensive MVP.
On the Ohio side, St. Clairsville’s Aaron Perkins and Zach Oliver each contributed a goal as did Indian Creek’s Max Lewis.
None of the goals were assisted. Oliver and Lewis tallied goals on penalty kicks.
Oliver was named Ohio’s Offensive MVP.
St. Clairsville head coach Gary Watt served as head coach of the Ohio team.
George opened the scoring to West Virginia out in front 1-0.
George then assisted on the next three goals by the Mountaineers. Yoo scored the second goal of the game, Scalise scored the third goal and Celedon scored the fourth goal.
Perkins scored the first goal for the Buckeyes in the second half on a goal from extremely long range. Perkins scored when West Virginia’s goalie stepped back across the goal line with the ball in his hands.
Next, Oliver scored on a penalty kick to make the score 4-2.
Finally, Lewis also scored on a penalty kick to pull Ohio to within one goal at 4-3, but the Buckeyes were unable to net the equalizer.
West Virginia 5, Ohio 2
Tyler’s Kaylee Hartsfield competed in annual OVAC All-Star Girls Soccer Game in Steubenville, and helped West Virginia’s top stars defeat Ohio, 5-2.
Wheeling Park head coach Luke Hladek served as head coach of the Mountaineers. Linsly head coach Chelsea Miazgowicz served as an assistant coach.
Madonna’s Rachel Grubbs recorded a goal and two assists and the Blue Dons’ standout was named the Offensive MVP for West Virginia. Meanwhile, Oak Glen’s Madison Kranis was named the Defensive MVP for the Mountaineers.
Steubenville Central’s Maria Boston netted a goal and an assist to lead the way for the Buckeyes, and as a she result she was named the Ohio’s Offensive MVP.
East Liverpool’s Kyra Gill was named the Buckeyes’ Defensive MVP.
Parkersburg South’s Taylor Life tallied two goals for the Mountaineers, and Brooke’s Lauren Altobell and Morgantown’s Emily Kennell each collected a goal in the victory.
Also for the victors, Wheeling Park’s Briella Taylor and Cierra Yantz each contributed an assist.
Big Red’s Sierra Porter recorded Ohio’s other goal of the game.
“It was awesome to be able to coach in the game,” Big Red and Ohio head coach Jared Robinson said. “It was fun. It was an honor. It is all three.
“We had a great group of girls. It was nice to see all of their hard work and dedication pay off.
West Virginia struck first to take a 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard when Altobell scored off of an assist by Taylor to make the score 1-0.
The Buckeyes drew even at 1 on an unassisted goal by Boston.
The game was deadlocked at 1 at halftime.
The Mountaineers had more chances to score in the first half, but Gill and the rest of the Buckeyes’ defense was up to the challenge.
“It was nice to meet new people and to make new friends,” Gill said.
Kennell opened the scoring in the second half with an unassisted goal to regain the lead for West Virginia at 2-1.
For the second time in the game, Ohio drew even, and for the second time in the game Boston played a big role in the goal.
This time, Boston assisted on Porter’s goal as the Buckeyes once again tied the score.
In the end, the Mountaineers tallied the final three goals of the game to pull away.
First, Grubbs scored off of an assist by Yantz to put West Virginia up to stay at 3-2.
Next, Life scored off of an assist by Grubbs enabling the Mountaineers to double up the Buckeyes 4-2.
Finally, Grubbs and Life hooked up for a second time as Life once again found the back of the net to put West Virginia out in front 5-2.
The Buckeyes were hurt by the fact that the team did not have a single girl who played goalie this year on the roster.
“Ohio did not have a senior goalie,” Robinson said. “We found two brave souls who were willing to step into the net.”
“It was fun,” Robinson said. “All of the girls on the two teams are natural athletes. They are all competitors. They all came out and played. The game lived up to the hype. They showed what soccer is all about.”