WHEELING - If ever a loss can be described as good, it would have to be Wheeling Park's season-opening loss to defending Class AAA champion Winfield.
The Generals peppered the Park goal with 18 shots, but scored just once in a 1-0 victory last week at Wheeling Island Stadium.
It was a lesson the Patriot girls turned around Wednesday in their game with old rival Weir on the Island.
Wheeling Park’s Trudy Railing (24) controls the ball in front of teammate Liz Nickell (5) versus Weir Wednesday.
This time, Park was the one peppering the Weir goal, taking 16 shots, nine of them on goal. Only the Patriots were more proficient than the Generals, tallying six goals in a 6-1 victory.
"We learned a lot from that (Winfield) game," Wheeling Park coach Aubrey Taylor said. "We learned a lot about what our players can do. To hold a team like Winfield to one goal was a good effort. And we learned a lot about where we need to be on the field in our system. We did a lot better job of that tonight."
The Patriots were in the right place a lot Wednesday night, and six different players scored goals in the win.
The Patriots started the game quickly, and ended it the same way.
Briella Taylor scored nine minutes in and Bailey Bailey Hosfelt scored less than five minutes later off an assist from Valerie Julian.
"It was good to get that first goal so quickly," coach Taylor said. "It was important mentally. It helped us settle down a little bit and play our style."
That was where it stood at the half, which was fine for Weir coach Jessica Naughton.
She was without starting goalie Alyssa Kelly, who suffered a knee injury in the Red Riders' last game.
Madison Dalrymple, a first-year senior, stepped in and did a fine job in the first half.
"To hold a team like Wheeling Park to two goals, I thought that was a good job, because we knew they were going to attack, and they did," Naughton said. "I told the team we were going to get scored on, and they were going to have to rise above it, because that is the way it is. Madison was out there trying. That was all we could ask for."
As the rains began in the second half, the scoring heated up.
Park took a 5-0 lead on goals by Mikia Mueller, off an assist from Taylor, Evan Robinson and Katie Kota.
Weir finally got on the board when Alyssa Shingle scored on a 15-yard shot from dead center.
"It was important for us to get that goal," Naughton said. "But like I told the girls, a soccer game is 80 minutes, not five or 10."
Monica Black finished off the scoring, and became the sixth Patriot to score, with a goal with 8:45 remaining.
"Having six different players score in the game was a big thing for us," coach Taylor said. "It means the girls are understanding where they are supposed to be on the field. It is a good thing for us that we are scoring in several different positions."
Wheeling Park improved to 2-1, while Weir falls to 0-2.