Rock Hill fends off Knights, 6-4

By Bryan Walters -

PEDRO, Ohio — Victor Aguilera scored five goals while helping host Rock Hill claim a 6-4 victory over the Point Pleasant boys soccer team on Monday night during a non-conference contest in Lawrence County.

The visiting Black Knights (6-4-1) never led in the contest as Aguilera gave the Redmen an early 2-0 advantage with goals two minutes in and again with less than four minutes into play.

The Red and Black finally broke into the scoring column in the 18th minute as a deflected shot found its way to Jacob Bryant. Bryant booted in the rebound from point-blank range for a 2-1 cushion.

Aguilera, however, found the net again in both the 20th and 23rd minutes, allowing the Red and White to claim a 4-1 cushion midway through the first half.

Point Pleasant trimmed the lead in half following a RHHS handball penalty as Cole Walker converted a successful penalty kick in the 25th minute, making it 4-2 headed into the break.

After 20 minutes of play in a scoreless second half, Aguilera completed his five-goal evening with a breakaway attempt. Aguilera made a move that provided an empty net, then converted the goal in the 65th minute for a 5-2 lead.

Victor’s younger brother Jasson got in on the scoring act in the 68th minute after netting a breakaway goal for Rock Hill’s largest lead of the night at 6-2.

Garrett Hatten tacked on a pair of Point Pleasant goals from inside the box in the 70th and 74th minutes, wrapping up the 6-4 outcome.

The Black Knights claimed a 2-to-1 edge in shot attempts at 20-10 and also had five of the seven corner kicks in the game.

“We controlled possession like we have been doing of late, but we had very little to show for it,” PPHS coach Chip Wood said following the game. “The effort and concentration level just wasn’t there tonight, and things only get harder this week with matches at Huntington and against Warren Local.”

Point Pleasant travels to the Highlanders on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

By Bryan Walters

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.