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Flyers edge Lincoln County

St. Joseph’s Sidney Payne (left) drills the winning goal through three Lincoln County players to give the Flyers a 3-2 soccer win on Saturday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker



Two halves make a whole as well as a win.

The St. Joseph Flyers put together two strong halves as they beat the Lincoln County (W.Va.) Panthers 3-2 on Saturday.

“Success in soccer requires a strong effort for two halves and solid play in each third of the pitch,” said Flyers’ coach Tim Hopkins.

“In the first half, we did some good things in attacking third, but we were lax in the middle and defending third. We played well in each third during the second half.”

Joseph Payton scored both first half goal for the Flyers and Sydney Payne punched in the winning goal with 27:38 left in the game off a corner kick assist from Cole Willis.

Chris Lewis and Emma Saxby had assists on the Flyers’ first half goals. Goalie Justin Mahlmeister had eight saves.

St. Joseph hosts Chesapeake at 6 p.m. Tuesday following the 4:30 junior high game, and then entertains Rose Hill at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Lincoln County 2 0 = 2

St. Joseph 2 1 = 3

First Half

LC — Tristan Roberts 12 yards 12:00

SJ — Joseph Payton 13 yards (assist Chris Lewis) 16:43

SJ — Joseph Payton 10 yards (assist Emma Saxby) 36:50

LC — Mark Neace 7 yards (unassisted) 38:40

Second Half

SJ — Sidney Payne 9 yards (assist Cole Willis) 27:38


Shots on Goal: St. Joseph 14, Lincoln County 10

Goalkeeper Saves: St. Joseph 8 (Justin Mahlmeister); Lincoln County 11 (Gus Smith)

Corner Kicks: St. Joseph 10, Lincoln County 2

Direct Kicks: St. Joseph 7, Lincoln County 6

Indirect Kicks: St. Joseph 3, Lincoln County 1