POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Definitely worth the wait.
After having its game with Teays Valley Christian postponed due to inclement weather on Tuesday, the Point Pleasant boys soccer team produced a defensive gem in the rescheduled match Saturday with a 3-0 victory at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.
The host Black Knights (2-0) posted their second consecutive three-goal victory while holding the Lions without a single shot attempt over the course of 80 minutes.
PPHS, conversely, had 25 shots on goal throughout the match, though things remained scoreless through halftime and early into the second half.
Then, in the 50th minute, Point’s persistence paid off as Cohen Yates took an Adam Veroski pass on the fly, made a touch and buried in the ball in the back-side bottom of the net.
Ten minutes later, Yates returned the favor after finding Veroski in the left corner of the box. Veroski took a touch and fired a shot over the head of the TVCS keeper — giving PPHS a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Alex Carlisle completed the scoring the 68th minute after trapping a corner pass from Justin Staats and firing a successful shot into the upper left corner of the net.
Zach Rediger recorded his second straight shutout victory in net, though the defense in front of him should get a share of that honor.
The Black Knights were whistled for 10 of the 14 fouls in the contest and also took all five corner kicks in the contest.
Even though it took more than a half to reach the scoreboard, PPHS coach Chip Wood was pleased with the performance from start to finish.
“We really dominated possession of the ball and played well in all phases of the game,” Wood said. “We made several adjustments at half and the kids executed well. We stayed focused on the game plan and eventually paid off for us. It was a good win for us moving forward.”
Point Pleasant has a pair of road contests on Monday and Tuesday against Lincoln County and Gallia Academy, respectively.