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Parkersburg South’s Erin Reisbeck lets a shot fly into the net during the Patriots’ 5-3 win over Ripley in a high school girls’ football game Tuesday at Erickson All-Sports Facility. (Photo by Kerry Patrick)

PARKERSBURG – With the Section roster in play, only one opponent stands between Parkersburg South and earns the top seed.

Tuesday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility, Ripley gave the Patriots their best shot before falling 5-3.

South, who had only allowed more than one goal before Ripley’s game, improved to 11-1-0 and travels to Hurricane on Saturday afternoon. A win over the Redskins leaves the Patriots 3-0 against section opponents.

“This match did not have the intensity that I hoped it would have” South coach Ron Bucholtz said. “The girls knew that coming into this game there was a big meaning to this game. I expected the overall effort and the game to have been sharper.

“A win is a win, so you take what you can get. The hurricane is going to be a challenge on Saturday, and we have to play a lot harder than today. We are playing well, but we have to play better.

Adi Altizer and Addison White both scored twice for South, while Erin Reisbeck’s striker for the final goal of the first half accounted for a fifth goal for Patriot. Altizer converted a penalty attempt midway through the second half without a challenge.

Teammate Jozy Barton, meanwhile, was on hand as South attempted six corner kicks. Barton’s corner kick at 18:32 of the first half appeared to have hit the inside position of the far post and gone over the goal line. White was close to the crease and credited with the goal. The two girls clung again for the first goal of the second half as Barton’s corner ricocheted off a Ripley defender and went straight back at White.

With Ripley’s keeper absent, all White had to do was tap the ball into the back of the net.

For the game, South sent 12 shots on goal to Ripley’s four.

“We executed the free kicks very well. Their goalkeeper made a lot of good saves from free kicks. Moving (Addison White) into the mix on the corner kicks paid off,” Bucholtz added.

For Ripley (2-5-3), another possible trip down South could be in store for a Class AAA sectional semifinal. Playing their first game of the season on grass, the Vikings traded goals with the Patriots in the first half and trailed 3-2 at intermission.

Cameron Limer’s free kick found the shoes of Addi Morrison for Ripley’s first goal, which leveled the game at 1 at 23:08 of the first half. Already trailing by two injured starters, the Vikings forced another tie at 2 when Makayla Wriston scored a penalty with 6:54 remaining before intermission.

Unfortunately for Ripley, South responded soon after when Reisbeck took control of a loose ball deep in Viking territory and fired a shot past the keeper for a 3-2 South lead with 6:18 on the clock. .

South reached her bench and gave backup keeper Kaitlyn McCartney several minutes of playing time. The only shot on goal she faced escaped her on an attempt by Sophie Jenkins with just under two minutes left in the game. regulation time.

“Overall we fought pretty hard although we lost a few girls to injury – we don’t have a lot of depth,” Ripley’s trainer Jay Pierson said. “We continued to demolish. They had set goals for us, which is a killer. These are difficult to defend. They have a girl who can kick the ball really, really hard.

“We played very well given that we are used to playing on grass. It’s a little more difficult to play on this tall grass. It changes the dynamic a bit, but South is a great team. They kept coming and kept playing hard.

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