SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — A really bad break.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team surrendered only one shot over the course of 80 minutes, but host Sissonville made the most of that single opportunity Saturday during a 1-0 decision in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.
The Black Knights (8-9-1) dominated everything but the scoreboard as the guests outshot the Indians by a sizable 19-1 margin, which included a 10-1 edge in shots on goal.
But, in the 18th minute, Point Pleasant failed to clear a SHS corner kick in front of its own net. The ball bounced around in front of the goal until Michael Simpson got a good foot on it and planted it into the back of the net for a 1-0 cushion.
The Black Knights claimed a 4-2 edge in corner kicks and were whistled for six of the 13 fouls in the contest.
Point Pleasant also scored a pair of would-be goals during the match, but both were disallowed for being offsides.
It was a tough outcome for PPHS coach Chip Wood to stomach following such a dominant performance.
“Again, as has been the trend lately, we gave up a cheap goal that’s totally unearned and then we can’t find a way to create good chances in front of goal in our offensive third,” Wood said out of frustration. “We played well enough and controlled the entire game well enough to win, but we are having problems finishing in the run of play … especially when teams sit defensively and choose not to actually play the game.”
Point Pleasant returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Shady Spring for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Black Knights return home Wednesday when they host Cabell Midland on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.