Barr leads St. C. girls to 11-0 victory

After having a complete meltdown Tuesday night against Steubenville Central, St. Clairsville turned offensive Thursday night.

The Lady Red Devils (6-2) shellacked visiting Tyler Consolidated, 11-0, on the Red Devil Stadium turf in girls’ high school soccer action.

“It was nice to control the game tonight,” St. Clairsville head coach Scott Dutton said. “We had an off game (Tuesday), but you’ll have that sometimes.”

St. Clairsville came out aggressive, maybe a little too much so, as two offsides whistles negated a pair of early goals. However, the hosts continued to apply the pressure.

Junior Taryn Barr scored the first of her four net-finders 6:39 into the game off an assist from classmate Carlee Gillespie. Gillespie dribbled the ball down the right sidelines before send a cross to the crease where Barr controlled it. She spun around a defender and found the back of the net.

Moments later, the blonde-haired Barr streaked down the middle of the field before stopping on a dime. She lasered the ball into the cage for a 2-0 lead at 9:15.

A little over six minutes later, junior Kayla Dusz knocked down a Silver Knights’ goal kick, passing it ahead to classmate Eberle Ferrell. The junior speedster got to the ball just ahead of Tyler Consolidated goalkeeper Sophie Kinnard, sending it into the left corner of the net for a 3-0 reading in the 24th minute.

The hosts exploded for eight second-half goals as Barr notched her hat trick on a nifty cutback move. She then drilled the ball along the rug and into the opposite corner for a 4-0 lead.

She made it 10-0 with her fourth tally. After stopping another Tyler Consolidated goal kick, Barr rifled a shot past Kinnard that tickled the twine in the 71st minute.

“She’s the all-around player,” Dutton said of Barr, who now has a team-high 11 goals. “She can play anywhere on the field. She’s incredible on defense, but tonight you saw what she can do up front.”

Usually a defensive specialist on the back line, Barr was moved up front because of a couple of injuries.

“We had to move a couple people around because of injuries, but we got Jolyn (Shunk) back, so that kind of balanced that. But, we are still down a couple of bodies.”

Also scoring in the second half were freshman Halee Callarik, junior Madison Keenan, freshman Sarah Erwin and Gillespie, who found the range twice.

Senior Falon Weidman logged two assists, with Gillespie and Dusz also helping on goals.

Goalkeepers Brianna Sowers (no saves) and Sophia Weidman (2 saves) combined on the shutout.

“The defense took care of our keepers tonight,” Dutton noted. “But, when they were called upon, they came through.”

St. Clairsville fired an amazing 40 shots, with Kinnard stopping 28 of them.

The Red Devils host Weir Saturday at 11 a.m.

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