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Warren, Parkersburg High boys battle to a 0-0 draw

VINCENT — Warren High School head coach Ekrem Eksi was hoping for a victory on senior day here Saturday afternoon, but the visiting Parkersburg Big Reds battled to a physical 0-0 draw after 80 minutes of action.

“We’ve had some very difficult games to start the season,” admitted Big Red first-year head man Billy Shedd, whose squad dropped to 2-4-1.

“I don’t think our record really represents us that well. We’ll be alright. The message to the guys I would definitely say keep their chins up. We’ve took a few loses already and they were right back in there the next day ready to go and grinding away.”

The Warriors, who had seven corner kicks compared to the Big Reds’ five, honored 10 seniors in keeper Jackson Petty along with Alex Modesitt, Matthew McGoyle, Shane Gardner, Marshall Sloter, Brayden McConnell, Kyle Mahoney, Grayson Clark, Gavin Ott and Christian McAlarney.

Parkersburg’s best opportunity to score in the first half came during the 39th minute when Terrance Wright unleashed a rocket that Petty managed to save.

In the 25th minute, a shot by Logan Henthorn led to a Wright corner kick. Big Red teammate Tanner Minnite was able to get a shot off, but it was wide.

Two minutes later, Gardner was able to steal the ball and got it ahead to Caleb Burns, but his shot was saved by Caleb Thomas.

With eight minutes left before intermission, Caden Rogers worked a through to Gabe Cantwell, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame.

Warren continued its pressure to start the second half and had a trio of corners in the first 11 minutes. Ayden Cornell took the first one, but it was headed out of the box by Big Red Grant Miller.

In the 44th minute, Cornell took another corner and Mahoney’s header nearly went in but hit the top of the crossbar.

Following a foul by the Warriors, Rogers had a long free kick in the 62nd minute which went off the head of McConnell and back toward Petty, who was there to make the grab.

Warrior Josh Yost had an unmarked open look in the 64th minute, but shot wide.

A minute later, he got a full boot into one that Thomas managed to save with a diving effort to his right.

McGoyle sent a cross into the box in the 69th minute, but as soon as Ott headed it toward the goal, Miller’s head was there to knock it out of harm’s way.

Wright’s corner kick in the 76th minute was gobbled up by Petty and a late Big Red cross by Kota Butcher also went for naught.

Warren will put its 4-2-1 record on the line with a match Tuesday at Logan.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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