POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — On a night in which the Lady Knights squared off against the Lady Knights, Charles was certainly in charge.
Cabell Midland sophomore striker Emilie Charles that is.
Charles chalked up four goals, three of which were assisted, and the Cabell Midland Knights pitched a 5-0 shutout of host Point Pleasant in a girls soccer match on Wednesday night inside Ohio Valley Bank Track & Field.
Charles tallied three first-half assisted markers, as Cabell Midland muscled its way to a 4-0 lead by halftime.
With 11 minutes and 11 seconds remaining, the fast forward scored her only unassisted goal, giving the visitors a 5-0 advantage despite Point Pleasant playing hard until the very end.
The victory improved the Cabell Countians’ record to 7-1, with Winfield on the road being the Knights’ only setback.
The loss left Point Pleasant at an even 4-4-1.
Harper True assisted on two goals, including Charles’ opener with 27:48 to play in the opening half.
Charles then displayed some fancy footwork in the form of dribbling against the defense, as Abby Long was credited with the assist at the 21:26 juncture.
Then, less than two minutes later — at 19:54 to be exact — Haley Martin managed a goal off another True assist, quickly increasing Cabell Midland’s cushion to 3-0.
C-M maintained play in Point Pleasant’s offensive half and even third, and finally made it 4-0 on Charles’ third goal with 6:43 left before halftime.
Maddie Blevins assisted on the hat trick marker.
In all, the Red and White racked up 17 shots, as Point Pleasant goalkeeper Monica Cook came up with eight saves.
Afterward, fifth-year PPHS coach Chris Errett admitted that Charles and the Knights were indeed a difficult matchup.
“They just came out and played at a pace that we weren’t ready to match yet. At the start, we just came out slow, and they were on top of us before we even had a chance to really recover off of it,” he said. “The first half, we kind of came out a little undisciplined and they definitely took advantage of the chances they got. In the second half, we played a lot better. The girls still gave me maximum effort after getting down 4-0. It was good to see that even though the scoreboard wasn’t in our favor, the girls were still working to get better.”
Point Pleasant posted four shots on goal, as C-M starting goalkeeper Rayen Ciccolella made her only save off an attempt by Teagan Hay.
Ashley Staats couldn’t connect on a pair of first-half free kicks, and Ashley Smith missed on a good opportunity early in the second half.
Cabell Midland also had four corner kicks compared to only one for the Lady Knights.
Point Pleasant returned to action on Thursday with a match at Huntington St. Joseph, and will return home on Saturday against Ripley at 10 a.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106