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Soccer scores

United 1, West Branch 0

BELOIT — United’s boys soccer team topped West Branch 1-0 on Thursday thanks to a late Eagle goal by Maddox Andrea with four minutes left. Louden Stryffler had an assist.

United is 7-3-1. West Branch falls to 4-6.

United hosts Columbiana Monday.

Crestview 6, Salem 0

COLUMBIANA — Crestview’s boys soccer team blew past Salem 6-0 on Thursday.

Nick Novak had four goals and an assist for the winners, 10-0.

Crestview is at Brookfield on Tuesday.

Andrew Bucey added a goal and assist for the Rebels. Matt DeNiro had a goal and assist. Mitchell Auer had two assists and Carter Blakeman had an assist. Sam Campbell had four saves in goal.

Jackson-Milton 2, Heartland 0

COLUMBIANA — Jackson-Milton’s soccer team beat Heartland 2-0 on Thursday.

Jackson-Milton is 4-3-1.

St. Clairsville 3, East Liverpool 0

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Deadlocked at nil after 40 minutes of action, St. Clairsville boys soccer coach Jeff Roberts reminded his team that soccer is exactly that — a team sport.

The second-seeded Red Devils (9-1) took the comment to heart and played with a sense of togetherness in the second half as they scored three goals in blanking third-seeded East Liverpool (5-2-2) by a 3-0 count in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A tournament semifinal on the artificial pitch inside a chill-filled Red Devil Stadium.

St. Clairsville improves to 9-1, while East Liverpool moves to 5-2-2.

Maddox Tennar broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute. The junior took a nifty feed from Jesse Brannan deep in the box and went far corner just inside the post to make it 1-0.

St. Clairsville 3, Beaver Local 1

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Some wins are bigger than others. St. Clairsville’s victory Thursday night gave it some sort of vindication from last week’s draw with Beaver Local.

“We played really well tonight. The girls stepped up,” St. Clairsville coach Wes Stoner said after watching his second-seeded Red Devils defeat the third-seeded Beavers by a 3-1 count in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A girls’ soccer tournament semifinal on the artificial pitch inside a cool Red Devil Stadium.

“I didn’t have to say anything to get the girls ready to play. They knew what was at stake. It was either win or go home,” Stoner added. “They’re not ready to go home just yet.”

Beaver Local (4-3-3) drew even in the 24th minute when Jordan Palmer scored directly off a corner kick.

St. Clairsville (8-0-2) advances to the championship game Saturday morning at 10 against four-time defending titlist Oak Glen.

The Golden Bears earned a walkover against Harrison Central earlier this week. This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Red Devils have made it to the finals. They won back-to-back titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

St. Clairsville took the early 1-0 lead when Delaney Florence finished off a nice cross from Emily Thompson in the 15th minute. Thompson carried the ball deep down the right wing before sending it toward the net where Florence was there to knock it in.

Beaver Local (4-3-3) drew even in the 24th minute when Jordan Palmer scored directly off a corner kick.

“That was a good corner kick,” Stoner said. “They (Beaver) are really good on corners.”

By KIM NORTH

Special to the Review

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Deadlocked at nil after 40 minutes of action, St. Clairsville boys soccer coach Jeff Roberts reminded his team that soccer is exactly that — a team sport.

The second-seeded Red Devils (9-1) took the comment to heart and played with a sense of togetherness in the second half as they scored three goals in blanking third-seeded East Liverpool (5-2-2) by a 3-0 count in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A tournament semifinal on the artificial pitch inside a chill-filled Red Devil Stadium.

St. Clairsville improves to 9-1, while East Liverpool moves to 5-2-2.

With the victory, its seventh in a row, St. Clairsville advances to Saturday’s championship match against top-seeded Weir, once again on the home pitch. Start time is scheduled for approximately 2 p.m.

“We never really got in a rhythm in the first half. We told them there were a lot of individuals on the field but we needed to play as a team,” Roberts, who is now perfect in five OVAC Tournament matches, said. “We needed to play our ball. We were falling into the trap of playing their ball which is the long ball. They keep a lot of people back, so it’s hard to do that, especially with the way the wind was at the start.

“We just wanted to possess the ball better up front,” he added. “We told them the opportunities would come, and they did.”

Maddox Tennar broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute. The junior took a nifty feed from Jesse Brannan deep in the box to the left of Potter goalkeeper Cole Daily. Clark went far corner just inside the post to make it 1-0.

“Maddox hasn’t had very many goals this season, but that was a big one,” Roberts said after the Red Devils initial — and game-winning — goal. “It looked great.”

Caden Stout made it 2-0 in the 66th minute on a nice individual move. The senior possessed the ball deep in the left wing before cuting in between two defenders and blistering a laser along the artificial pitch into the far corner.

Brannan closed out the scoring with a left-footed blast in the 70th minute. Stout logged the assist.

“Caden ended up coming through with a really big goal to make it 2-0,” Roberts added. “That goal kind of shut things down a little bit. Jesse’s was the capper.”

While the Red Devils were keeping the ball in East Liverpool’s end of the pitch, goalkeeper Shane Jenkins was recording his eighth shutout of the season. The senior charted just three saves, all coming before the halftime break.

“Shane really didn’t get many opportunities, especially in the second half,” Roberts said. “That’s East Liverpool’s style of play … the long ball. They like to keep a lot of people back and we like to attack. It was a contrast of styles. It just took us a little bit to figure it out.”

Roberts also praised the play of senior Andy Schmidt.

“I thought Andy played outstanding,” Roberts said. “He stepped in for Lucas Otto who missed the game and was incredible. He had a great game on the defensive end for us.”

Dailey recorded eight saves before giving way to Gabe Dunlap who made three stops.

“We knew St. Clairsville was a good team,” East Liverpool head coach Chase Hilliard said. “We were able to keep them contained but they came out in the second half with something to prove. They got a goal and it lifted their spirits and brought ours down.

“We kept trying to run with them but it was a game of catchup after that and we couldn’t catch up.”

As for Weir, Roberts said it will be a quality opponent.

“I’m looking forward to that game,” Roberts acknowledged. “They are undefeated with two ties. I’m looking forward to it.”

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