HUBER HEIGHTS — A heavy downpour Saturday afternoon delayed the start of the Wayne girls soccer game against Southwestern Buckeye League powerhouse Monroe by almost an hour.
When the game finally started Monroe took control early and never looked back. Junior defender Tara Morris netted the Lady Hornets first goal two minutes and 28 seconds into the match to put Monroe up 1-0. Freshman forward Amanda Fierman made it 2-0 with 13:01 remaining to give the Lady Hornets a 2-0 halftime lead.
Captain Kailey Ivins, a senior forward boosted the lead to 3-0 with 30:20 remaining. Sophomore forward Ashlynn Yarletts and senior midfielder Abby Pokorski each added a goal to give Monroe a 5-0 victory.
Monroe was too much for the Lady Warriors to handle. Wayne has a young team with only four seniors and seven juniors and it was challenging to open the season against such a strong opponent. Last season Monroe went 13-3-1 overall losing a heartbreaking 1-0 match to Wyoming in tournament play.
“I knew Monroe was strong Division II team out of the Cincinnati area so I knew this was going to be a hard fought match, so we were expecting this,” said Wayne Coach Brad Hemphill. “We’re young but we also came out really flat. I thought our first half we lacked a little bit of intensity, but it’s a long season and we will get back to practice and hopefully fix some things.”
Hemphill downplayed the weather as factoring into the way his team performed.
“They played in it too, so we really can’t blame the weather,” Hemphill added.
Monroe dominated play with crisp ball handling that led to several good set shots that Wayne could not defend.
“We’ve been really focusing on our quick possession, especially in our midfield,” said Monroe Coach Stacey Williams. “We just really want to be a team that receives and makes that quick pass and combine a lot of passes. That has really been working for our offense and that is really what we are going to be focusing on this season. Senior Kailey Ivins and Ashlynn Yarletts are both fantastic players and work well together. They feed off of each other. Ivins had two assists and a goal. She fed Yarletts a pass that turned into a nice goal. We are really working hard on the outside. I moved Tara Morris to an outside halfback and she has really added a lot of spark, intensity and a lot of attack to our offense.”
The Lady Warriors will play at Troy on Monday and at Bethel on Thursday.
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