Flyers, Neal maul Mustangs, 8-1
Published 2:11 am Monday, September 25, 2023
By JIM WALKER
WILLIAMSPORT — The St. Joseph Flyers honored the American flag as they stood for the national anthem prior to their soccer game on Saturday.
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But when the game began they decided to “Neal.”
WesleyNeal had a goal and two assists as the Flyers took a 3-0 lead and he finished with 2 goals and 2 assists as St. Joseph beat the Westfall Mustangs 8-1.
Brady “Quinn” Medinger had 2 goals, Landon Rowe got a goal and an assist, Eli Whaley had a goal and an assist, and Texas Jack Whaley and Zane “Z-Man” Dressel scored goals while Eli Ford and Carson Lyons had assist for St. Joseph (9-2).
Medinger snapped the scoreless tie with a goal off an assist from Neal at the 28:27 mark of the first half.
Eli Whaley scored with Neal’s second assist and it was 2-0 with 6:10 on the clock.
Neal scored an unassisted goal 5 minutes into the second half.
Landon Rowe then scored an unassisted goal of his own and it was 4-0.
Neal got his second goal with an assist from Eli Whaley. Dressel put the lead at 7-0 with an assist from Lyons.
Westfall (3-5-1) scored when Evan Fritz scored an unassisted goal with 19:40 to play and the Flyers lead was 7-1.
The Flyers then capped the scoring as Medinger used an assist from Rowe to score with 5:40 left.
Flyers’ goalkeeper Evan Balestra had 4 saves while Westfall’s Robert Cox had 8 stops.
St. Joseph took 26 shots to 10 for Westfall. The Flyers had 16 shots on goal and the Mustangs had 5.
The Flyers had 9 corner kicks and 3 fouls while Westfall had one corner kick and 10 fouls.
St. Joseph plays a pair of Southern Ohio Conference games this week. The Flyers visit Western on Tuesday and host Lucasville Valley in a key matchup on Thursday.
St. Joseph 2 6 = 8
Westfall 0 1 = 1
SJ — Brady Medinger (assist Wesley Neal) 28:27
SJ — Eli Whaley (assist Wesley Neal) 6:10
SJ — Wesley Neal (unassisted) 35:56
SJ — Landon Rowe (unassisted) 32:15
SJ — Wesley Neal (assist Eli Whaley) 31:19
SJ — Jack Whaley (assist Eli Ford) 25:35
SJ — Zane Dressel (assist Carson Lyons) 20:33
WF — Evan Fritz (unassisted) 19:40
SJ — Brady Medinger (assist Landon Rowe) 5:40
Goalkeepers—St. Joseph: Evan Balestra 4 saves; Westfall: Robert Cox 8 saves
Total Shots—St. Joseph 26, Westfall 10
Shots on Goal—St. Joseph 16, Westfall 5
Corner Kicks—St. Joseph 9, Westfall 1
Fouls—St. Joseph 3, Westfall 10