Black Knights earn draw with Panthers, 2-2

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

HAMLIN, W.Va. — At least the losing streak stopped.

The Point Pleasant boys soccer team snapped a two-game skid in resilient fashion Tuesday night following a 2-2 draw with host Lincoln County in a non-conference matchup in Lincoln County.

The Black Knights (1-2-1) trailed 1-0 and 2-1 in the first half, but the guests kept firing away at the Panthers (3-1-1) until a little good fortune worked in the latter minutes of regulation.

Trailing 2-1 with less than 20 minutes to go, Austin Adams bounced a 20-yard shot off the crossbar — which ricocheted into the net. Alex Lenkov assisted on what proved to be the final goal, making it a two-all contest in the 65th minute.

LCHS scored the opening goal of the match just five minutes in as Alex D. Adkins netted an open goal for a 1-0 edge, but Alex Carlisle tied things up with a goal in the 20th minute after heading in a pass from Austin Nott.

The Panthers, however, caught a break in the 35th minute as Alex P. Adkins had a ball deflect off of his body and into the net — giving the hosts a 2-1 lead headed into the intermission.

Point Pleasant — which defeated LCHS by a 3-0 count on August 23 at OVB Field — wasn’t able to complete the season sweep, but PPHS coach Chip Wood was pleased to see his young group battle until the very end.

“We showed a lot of character to come back a goal down each time. It’s always hard playing on a narrow, grassy field, but we controlled the ball well over half the game,” Wood said. “We are young and still learning a lot of things, but I was proud of the boys for fighting back each time tonight.”

The Black Knights outshot the hosts by a 22-16 overall margin, including a 20-12 edge in shots on goal. The guests also claimed an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks during the tie.

Point keeper Cole Walker made 10 saves in net, while Kaleb Rusk stopped 18 shots in goal for the Panthers.

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

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]