Flyers’ upset bid of Pirates fall short

Published 2:03 am Friday, September 25, 2015

Jim Walker


The games have been close all season for the St. Joseph Flyers.

Thursday was no different.

St. Joseph played yet another tough game before falling to the heavily-favored Wheelersburg Pirates 2-1 in a soccer game.

“This was another hard-fought game. Wheelersburg is one of the better teams in Southeast Ohio,” said Flyers’ coach Mike Balestra.

“We held our own against them and almost pulled off a victory. The boys held their own against them and almost pulled off the victory. The boys played hard, smart and together. They played as one. It was a good team effort.”

Wheelersburg (10-1) took a 2-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Ethan McCain with 13:00 on the clock and on a penalty kick by McCain at the 28-minute mark.

St. Joseph (3-3-3) cut the deficit to 2-1 just one minute later when Zac McGraw scored off an assist by Isaac Whaley.

The Flyers host Chesapeake on Tuesday.

Wheelersburg 2 0 = 2

St. Joseph 1 0 = 1

First Half

Wh — McCain (unassisted) 13:00

Wh — McCain (penalty kick) 28:00

SJ — Zac McGraw (assist by Isaac Whaley) 29:00

Saves—St. Joseph 17 (Joey Bush); Wheelersburg 7 (Zach Jordan)

Shots on goal—St. Joseph 16, Wheelersburg 28

Corner Kicks—St. Joseph 1, Wheelersburg 6

Fouls—St. Joseph 10, Wheelersburg 7