POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A fortunate bounce.
Sophomore Kady Hughes nailed a one-hopper into the net seven minutes into regulation, giving the Point Pleasant girls soccer team all the offense it needed Tuesday night during a 1-0 victory over visiting Lincoln County in a non-conference matchup at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field.
The Lady Knights (9-7-3), in their final home game of the season, had little trouble producing shot attempts in the first half — especially early on.
The Red and Black churned out three shots — including two on goal — in the first six minutes of play, then Hughes ended up with a loose ball 20 yards out on the left side of the field.
Hughes looped a shot attempt to the right side of the goal, but the ball landed about five yards short of LCHS keeper Jessica Callison. The ball, however, took a funny spin after hitting the turf and rolled under the hands of Callison and into the net.
Hughes’ goal came at the 33:03 mark of the first half for an early 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Panthers (18-2-0) were held without a shot attempt until 13:40 remained before the intermission as PPHS claimed a 19-4 advantage in shots at the break — including 14-4 on goal.
Point Pleasant dodged a bullet midway in the second half as Monica Cook recorded back-to-back saves in front after a loose ball from six yards out turned into a block, a rebound and another block all in the span of two seconds.
The Lady Knights also outshot the guests by a 15-5 margin en route to wrapping up the triumph.
Point Pleasant claimed a 34-9 advantage in shot attempts, including a 25-7 edge in shots on goal. Both teams had three corners kicks, with the hosts getting called for five of the six fouls. LCHS, however, was given a yellow card as part of a sideline tackle with 2:38 left in regulation.
Cook made seven saves in net for the victors. Callison stopped 24 shot attempts in goal for the Lady Panthers.
Point Pleasant completes its regular season schedule on Saturday when it travels to Spring Valley.
The Lady Knights will open Class AA-A Region IV tournament play on Tuesday night at Sissonville High School.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.