By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Woodrow Wilson had no answer Saturday for Parkersburg’s lightning-quick offense.
The Flying Eagles gave up an early goal on a corner kick, another on a long shot, and then allowed the Big Reds breakaway after breakaway in a 7-1 loss at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Stadium.
“They had their way with us,” Woodrow coach Rockey Powell said. “The only positive was we didn’t give up, but the score doesn’t say that.”
Six different players found the back of the net for Parkersburg (12-0-2). Tyler Miller scored in the sixth minute off Tommy Logston’s corner kick, and Logston put his own name in the scorebook with a blast from 20 yards out, midway through the opening half.
After that it was long ball after long ball, capped by speedy runs by the Big Red forwards.
“We have so much speed, we played the ball over them,” coach Don Fosselman said. “We have an attacking team.
“We’ve scored 79 goals this season. That’s a lot of goals.”
Tyler Bro outran a Woodrow defender and beat goalkeeper Josh Moore to make it 3-0 just before the half. Matt Powney, who had a hat trick Tuesday in an 8-1 win over Capital, rifled another long shot into the net early in the second half.
Evan Rhodes and Powney then beat Woodrow defenders to put the game well out of reach by the 67th minute.
A rash of poor passes didn’t help the 4-5-4 Flying Eagles’ cause any.
“We didn’t get untracked. Our first touch left us,” Powell said. “We had too many turnovers.”
Woodrow had just one shot on goal, by Ryan Thompson early in the game, before Jordan Wright bounced in a shot from a corner kick by Zach Johnson in the 77th minute.
Parkersburg’s Travon Nelson answered the goal a minute later, on yet another breakaway.
“We didn’t have anything for them,” Powell said.
The Flying Eagles will return to Paul Cline Stadium Tuesday to host Princeton.
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