ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Seven different players tickled the twine Tuesday night as St. Clairsville rolled past visiting Edison by a 10-1 count at the St. C. Jr. Sports Complex.
Taylor Wissmann continued his fine senior season with a hat trick for the Red Devils (3-1-1). Junior Zach Oliver netted two goals, while Ty Boone, Aaron Perkins, Zach Rigby, Matt Cervelli and Jordan Vincent also scored.
Boone also charted a trio of assists, while Jarret Helms, Izaac Wiley, Wissman, Oliver and Vincent added helpers.
"We concentrated all week on possession, short crisp passes. splitting defenses and penetrating," St. Clairsville head coach Gary Watt explained. "Today we looked good doing that. It was really nice to watch."
Although the Red Devils were dominant, especially in the first 40 minutes when they outshot the Wildcats (0-5) by a whopping 24 to zero, Watt said it wasn't their best outing to date.
"We really played well at New Philadelphia," he recalled. "That's when they figured out that they can control the ball, pass the ball and make some runs to get some opportunities. Today was just a result of that.
"We're coming together as a team," he continued. "We've got a young team with some good senior leaders, and those seniors have pulled the young guys along into buying into what we're trying to get them to do. They're really coming together and gelling as a team."
Wissmann used his foot skills to perfection when he dribbled the ball between a pair of Wildcats and banged a left-footed shot off the right post that caromed into the net for a 1-0 lead. Boone earned the assist.
Less than a minute later, the duo reversed roles. This time Wissmann setup Boone who quickly made it 2-0.
Edison had trouble clearing the ball out of their zone, and Wissman made them pay with a big right foot shot into the left side of the net for a 3-0 reading.
Boone setup Perkins with a corner kick - the Red Devils' fifth of the first half - and Perkins headed the ball into the top left corner from close range as the lead grew to 4-0.
Oliver took a pass from Helms and headed the ball over top of an Edison player. He raced to retrieve the ball and deposited it into the cage for a 5-0 bulge.
Rigby punched in a loose ball from close in to make it 6-0 and Wissmann headed a corner kick from Oliver into net for a 7-0 margin at the half.
St. Clairsville held a commanding 24-0 lead in shots at the break as Wiley didn't even break a sweat. Devan Case stood between the pipes in the second half, stopping seven of eight shots.
"Devan has played in three of our five games, and he's done well," Watt said of the sophomore keeper. "He's out future."
Travis Bell kept the Wildcats from being shutout when he beat Case to the ball and put it in the net. Zach Sansone assisted.
Oliver, Cervelli and Vincent notched second-half tallies for the winners, who return to action Thursday at Oak Glen.
St. Clairsville 10, Edison 1
E-Goal by: Bell; Assist by: Sansone
STC-Goals by: Wissmann 3, Boone, Perkins, Oliver 2, Rigby, Cervelli, Vincent; Assists by: Boone 3, Wissman, Helms, Oliver, Vincent, Wiley); Goalkeepers: Wiley (0 saves, 0 shots), Case 7 saves, 8 shots)
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