RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — It only takes one.
The Point Pleasant soccer team picked up its fourth consecutive victory while spoiling host Ravenswood’s Senior Night festivities on Tuesday night during a 1-0 decision in a non-conference friendly in Jackson County.
The visiting Black Knights (14-2-0) found themselves entrenched in a battle from the start, as neither they nor the Red Devils (8-10-1) scored in the opening half.
PPHS, however, finally caught a break in the 65th minute — and it came with some international flavor.
Senior Hajin Kim ran down an Alberto Castillo crossing pass behind the RHS defense, then made a one-on-one move to beat the keeper for a 1-0 advantage.
Both Kim and Castillo — a junior — are foreign exchange students at Point Pleasant.
Ravenswood claimed a slim 15-14 edge in shot in goal, but backup PPHS keeper Zach Rediger stopped all 15 shots that came his way to preserve the shutout.
RHS was whistled for a dozen of the 18 fouls and also secured an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Afterwards, Point Pleasant coach Chip Wood was very proud of his troops for getting out with a win.
“We faced a lot of adversity tonight because our starting keeper was sick and unavailable. We ended the game with three starters not on the field. We had to do a lot of juggling around with the lineup,” Wood said. “Zach played really well in net for us and we did what good teams do. We worked hard and overcame and did just enough to win when adversity struck.”
Point Pleasant returns to action Thursday when it hosts Belpre at 7 p.m. The Black Knights will also face St. Marys at home on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.