MADISON, W.Va. — This third time wasn’t a charm.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team surrendered its third goal of the season on Tuesday night, but that singular goal proved to be difference-maker as host Scott claimed a 1-0 victory in a non-conference matchup in Boone County.
The visiting Black Knights (3-1-3) suffered their first loss of the 2019 campaign as the Skyhawks — the top-ranked Class AA-A team in the state — broke a scoreless tie in the second half as Carson Asbury found the back of the net from six yards out.
SHS had a throw-in from the right side of the field, which happened to find Asbury deep in Point Pleasant territory. With his back to the goal, Asbury flipped the ball up over his head and launched a successful shot into the goal — making it a 1-0 contest.
The Skyhawks outshot the guests by an 8-3 overall margin and were also whistled for five of the nine fouls in the match. Both teams had three corner kicks apiece.
PPHS was still not at full strength as it started five freshmen due to injuries.
It was a tough night, according to Point Pleasant coach Chip Wood, but there were also a handful of bright spots against the top team in the state.
“We lacked effort and pace in the first 20 to 25 minutes, and Scott was attacking at full speed and creating chances all game. Some of our younger players looked young against Scott and we weren’t able to create any dangerous chances,” Wood said. “We made some adjustments in the second half and managed to control the ball a bit more, but we just can’t find the goal right now. Hopefully we can take something from this game and get on track against Charleston Catholic.”
Point Pleasant has now played 105 minutes of regulation since scoring its last goal against Gallia Academy on Sept. 5.
The Black Knights return to action Thursday when they travel to Class AA-A second-ranked Charleston Catholic for a 6 p.m. contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.