POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A long time coming.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team captured the program’s first postseason victory in five years Monday night following a 4-0 decision over visiting Ravenswood in a Class AA Region 4, Section 1 tournament match at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.
The Black Knights (9-11-1) — who last won a tournament game while advancing to the Class AA regionals in 2011 — made a strong statement in their Class AA return as the hosts scored a pair of goals in each half while rolling into the next round.
PPHS, with the win, advances to the Class AA Region 4, Section 1 semifinals on Tuesday night when it travels to Nitro for a 5 p.m. contest.
The Black Knights outshot the Red Devils (6-11-4) by a sizable 26-9 overall margin, which included a 19-6 advantage in shots on goal. More impressively, PPHS claimed a 19-5 edge in shots after the intermission — all while clinging to at least a two-goal cushion.
Wood — who coached the Black Knights to their last tournament victories in 2011 — was proud to see his program get back in the postseason win column.
More importantly, he was impressed with how well his kids took a workmanlike approach to the task at hand Monday night.
“This was our first goal of the year, to pick up a tournament win. We haven’t won a tournament game since our sectional title five years ago, so this is something good for all of us to build on,” Wood said. “We didn’t play our best game of the year, but we came out, took care of business and did what we had to to move on.
The Black Knights outshot the guests by a 9-4 margin in the opening half, including a 6-2 edge in shots on goal. PPHS also managed three of the first four shots of the game, the last of which resulted in the first goal of the night.
Alex Carlisle booted a long ball up the field, which led to Austin Adams tracking the ball down for a 1-on-1 break away opportunity in front of the net.
Adams gathered control and fired a point blank shot that found the back of the net with 28:45 remaining, allowing the hosts to secure a 1-0 advantage.
With under three minutes remaining in the half, Austin Nott had a direct kick from around 40 yards out. The junior booted a beauty directly toward the right corner of the goal that ultimately landed on the foot of Carlisle, who then made a 1-on-1 move and netted the ball for a 2-0 PPHS edge with 2:42 remaining.
Alex Lenkov joined the scoring mix with 34:24 remaining in the second half after netting a left-footer from 12 yards out on a rebound off of a crossing pass, allowing Point to take a 3-0 edge.
Adams concluded the scoring with a breakaway goal with 19:40 left in regulation, with an assist going to Lenkov.
Ravenswood claimed a small 3-2 advantage in corner kicks and received 15 saves from keeper Josh Mize. Cole Walker stopped six shots for the hosts while pitching his first career postseason shutout.
Ravenswood managed its first shot attempt of the second half with 21:10 remaining on the clock.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.