POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — So much for gracious guests.
Visiting Hurricane scored a goal in each half while spoiling Senior Night festivities for the Point Pleasant boys soccer team Tuesday night during a 2-0 decision in a non-conference friendly at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Mason County.
The Black Knights (9-12-1) honored seniors Daniel Despres and Jason Sayre for their efforts with the program before the game, but the hosts had little luck in getting their two upperclassmen a win during their final home match.
The Redskins (11-6-2) outshot PPHS by a sizable 17-6 overall margin and also posted a 3-2 edge in corner kicks, thanks in large part to controlling the time of possession in the attack zone.
Colten Jones gave HHS a 1-0 lead in the first half after netting a pass from Jonathan Lovejoy, then Conner Fowler increased the lead to two in the early moments of the second half after netting pass from Joseph Cunningham.
Point Pleasant’s offensive attack picked up over the final 20 minutes of regulation, but neither squad managed another goal the rest of the way. The Black Knights have also dropped three of their last four decisions overall.
It wasn’t a fitting send-off for his seniors, but third-year PPHS coach Keith Hill was pleased with how his troops battled against a rather formidable foe. The end result, as Hill noted, was no reflection on what those two seniors have meant to this program.
“One of these guys (Sayre) has been a great addition to our program over the last two years, just with his versatility and his passion for the sport. The other (Despres) has been here all four years and has been our most valuable player the last three seasons,” Hill said. “They are great kids, good leaders and great role models for these younger kids to look up to. They will definitely be missed next year.
“They’ve had to be leaders for a long time in this program, given how young we have been the last few seasons. I definitely think there are brighter days ahead for this program, and they are a big reason for that.”
Sayre made 11 saves in net for the Black Knights, while Dalton Burch stopped three shots in goal for the Redskins.
Point Pleasant completes its regular season schedule this week with trips to Poca and Spring Valley on Thursday and Saturday, then opens Class AAA postseason play Monday when it travels to St. Albans for a 5 p.m. contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.