Weir girls fall at Park

SAVING — Weir’s Faith Riggle saves the ball from going out of bounds against Wheeling Park on Thursday (Photo by Cody Tomer).

SAVING — Weir’s Faith Riggle saves the ball from going out of bounds against Wheeling Park on Thursday (Photo by Cody Tomer).

WHEELING — The Patriots soaked in all the moments of their 2017 Senior Night.

Seven different players scored for Park, the seniors were honored following the contest and coach Carrie Hanna’s squad was full of smiles throughout the match as it rolled to a 9-0 victory over Weir on Thursday at Wheeling Island Stadium.

“Anytime in life that you are enjoying what you are doing, you are going to be happy, successful and productive,” Hanna said. “They were definitely enjoying it and that just captures what this season has been about for us.”

Senior Morgan Glass delivered a pair of goals and fellow classmates Allison Julian, Lauren Schultz and Mattie Jebbia all provided goals in their final regular season game of their careers.

“We have a tremendous group of seniors,” Hanna said. “They are so close on and off the field and that translates into team chemistry. It couldn’t have been a better night, having them create memories and having a lot of fun together.”

Sophomore Emma Delk also netted two goals, while sophomore Abbey Anderson and freshman Graceylyn Hanna also found the back of the net in the victory.

The Patriots (17-1-2) outshot Weir 25-6 in the match and 13-1 in the first half of action.

Park goalkeeper Deanna Crumm collected two saves and Jillian Blair also recorded a pair of saves in the win.

Alexis Adams gathered 15 saves for the Red Riders (12-7-1).

“We were just looking for the want to play,” Weir coach Jeremy Angelo said. “We were playing against the top team in the state and half of our players came out to play and the other half was intimidated and it showed. When you come in scared, you aren’t going to compete very well. At times we did and we saw a glimpse of what we wanted to do but against a team like this, you got to come to play.”

Glass supplied her first goal in the 14th minute on an assist from Delk to give Park a 1-0 edge. Julian extended the lead three minutes later as her shot bounced off Adams’ hands and into the net, giving the assist to Schultz.

Hanna was next to find the back of the net as she put one past a diving Adams just seconds after Julian’s goal.

Glass turned in her second goal of the night in the 35th minute of the first half as she grabbed a rebound from a Schultz attempt and blistered a shot into the net for a 4-0 halftime advantage.

Just over a minute into the second half, Glass set up Abbey Anderson for a quick goal to create a 5-0 cushion.

The next two goals came from the foot of Delk on assists from Annalese Aderholt and Hanna. Schultz delivered a goal in the 25th minute and Jebbia made the transition from defender and made the most of it as she garnered a goal to wrap up a memorable Senior Night.

“We emphasize good team play and good ball movement,” Carrie Hanna said. “We trust everyone and we build everyone up. Whoever is the last person in front of the net who can finish, that is our style of play.

“On the opposite side, we kept a clean sheet. We focus on being there if somebody gets beat and being there for our keeper. It is just about having each other’s back all the time.”

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