The Magnolia Blue Eagle Boys Soccer Team won a 3-0 verdict over Monroe Central Sept. 4, keyed by midfielder Oscar Celedon's unassisted goal in the first half. Moments later, Caleb McCune - with assist from Trevor Long - buried one between the nets in Woodsfield to give Magnolia a 2-0 lead.
Late in the first half, Celedon blasted a long one over the out-stretched hands of the Seminole goal keeper to push the Blue Eagle advantage to 3-0.
The game was called in the second half when rain, thunder, and lightning appeared and Magnolia came away with a declared win.
Mike Winters was in between the nets for the Eagles and took care of 13 saves.
The following day the Eagles went to Wheeling Park to play Wheeling Central on the Patriots' turf. Central raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead. However, the Knights merited four yellow cards and two red cards that forced them to play without two players.
In the second half, the referees called the game because of Wheeling Central fan dissent.
According to Butch Powell of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, if an official stops the play in the second half of a contest for any infraction of the rules, including fan dissent, the score stands. WVSSAC soccer games are governed by National Soccer Federation rules.
Against St. Marys on Sept. 8 at Magnolia, the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the first half and increased the advantage to 3-0 before Celedon blasted a direct kick from about 30 yards out.
St. Marys added another goal before Trevor Long also shot a direct kick past the out-stretched hands of the Blue Devil goal keeper.
Magnolia had two other chances that fell short, including a penalty kick that the Devil keeper swatted away. Long followed up with an open netter, only to chip it over the net. The second failed point was on a nice kick that stopped dead into the mud inches from the Blue Devil goal line.
"We just can't get a break," said Eagle Head Coach Clinton Buck. "The boys are playing hard, but we just can't seem to get the breaks, and it's frustrating."
Winters made nine saves in the game.
The Eagles will get to work their frustrations against the Big Reds in Steubenville Sept. 13 before hosting the Monroe Central Seminoles at 11 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 15.