Otto-matic St. C. win
• Red Devils senior standout records 125th career goal in 8-1 win over Edison
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When you look up the definition of domination in Webster’s Dictionary, you might see a recap of Wednesday night’s girls’ soccer match between Edison and St. Clairsville.
Senior standout Alyssa Otto tickled the twine five times while rising sophomore Macy Malin added two goals and a pair of assists as the Red Devils (5-2) snapped a rare two-game losing streak with an 8-1 rout of the visiting Wildcats on the artificial surface inside Red Devil Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night on Edison’s field in Richmond, but heavy rains left it unplayable.
“We had a hiccup last week. It happens, I guess,” St. Clairsville head coach Wes Stoner said. “The girls really came out and played hard tonight. They really did.”
The five net-finders gives Otto, who has verballed to NCAA D-II Mercyhurst University, a state-high 22 for the season and 125 for her career, which ties her for 13th all-time in the Buckeye State with Ashley Lovett of Washington Court House Washington in 2009-2012. It also leaves her 67 behind St. Clairsville Hall of Famer Jaclyn Dutton’s 192 (2006-09).
“It’s a special mark for me and I’m happy I’ve reached it,” the soft-spoken Otto offered of her milestone. “I’ve got great teammates that get me the ball this year, and it’s going great for us as a team this year.”
When told of Otto’s career total, Stoner said, “I don’t want to know her total until she’s completely done.”
St. Clairsville peppered Edison (2-7) goalkeeper Alli Grimes with 37 shots — 20 in the first half — while the Red Devils defense was holding the Wildcats to a mere three shots, with none of those coming in the first half.
“We played really well on defense. A lot better than we have in the past couple of games for sure,” he noted. “It’s a credit to the girls. They had a couple of team meetings after the last loss, so they fixed some things mentally with effort. I think we fixed it because we looked good tonight.”
Malin drew praise from not only her coach, but her teammate, as well.
“I’ve said it for two years now that she has the best vision I’ve ever coached or played with or against,” Stoner, who was a pretty good player at St. C. in his days, allowed. “At this level, I’ve never seen a player with better vision than Macy. She’s a field general … quarterback … whatever you want to call her. She’s special and only a sophomore.”
“She always looks for me and knows where I’m at,” Otto said. “She’s a great ballhandler and always gets it to me.”
Freshman Alyssa Bodkin finished the scoring for St. Clairsville. Ariel Ott recorded two assists, while Emily Vera and Kellen Weidman each added one.
Goalkeeper Jaeda Nowak was only called upon to make one save. She lost her shutout bid in the waning moments when Edison’s Lauren Ferralli found the back of the net unassisted in the 78th minute. Grimes ended with 10 saves.
St. Clairsville remains at home tonight as Brooke visits for a 6 o’clock start.