SPRINGFIELD — In only the fourth game of her young career, Wayne freshman Destiny Bohanon not only scored her first high school goal in the second half, but recorded her first hat trick to propel the Lady Warriors to a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Shawnee.
“You can’t have a much better day than that,” said Wayne Coach Vic Trapani. “I was impressed with her.”
Bohanon’s first goal came after she got behind the defense and took a shot from about 18 yards out. The ball hit the keeper’s hand but went into the net.
Bohanon completed the hat trick following a corner kick and Chiara Baker poked the ball to her where Bohanon scored from five yards.
“She had an excellent game,” added Trapani. “She just works hard and has a lot of speed.”
Senior captain Chiara Baker put Wayne up 1-0, which proved to be Wayne’s lead at halftime. She intercepted a ball and found some space 18 yards in front of the goal and scored with what Trapani called “a well played shot.”
“She played well,” said Trapani of the center midfielder. “She just found a lot of ways to distribute the ball to different players. She just had a nice game. When she’s playing well, as she has been, she generates opportunities for other people to score. She’s going to have a lot more assists and goals along the season here.”
In the first half, Wayne out shot Shawnee 7-3 but ended the game with a 15-7 advantage. At half, Trapani told his team to keep working and encouraged the center midfielders to try to connect a little more “because we knew there was space out in front of their defensive line and then try to plot some diagonal balls through to our forwards.” Trapani said Baker and Haleigh Russell were able to accomplish that goal in the second half.
Baker provided the assists on two consecutive goals by Bohanon to give Wayne a 3-0 lead before Shawnee’s Gerberich scored to cut the lead to 3-1. Wayne completed the scoring when Bohanon closed out the hat trick on another assist from Baker.
“It was a good all-around game for our team,” said Trapani. “We had lots of opportunities to score (in the first half) and we just weren’t able to do it. So, it was kind of nice to be able to put four goals in the net and kind of build up the confidence of the team. I was just pleased with the win. We’re off to a 3-1 start and the girls just want to get better and are working hard and you can’t ask for much more than that. I’m happy with the performance.”
Goalie Ashley Flohre recorded six assists.
Wayne improved to 3-1-0 while Shawnee dropped to 1-1-0. Wayne will host Greenville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Reach Greg Smart at 236-4990, ext. 2542.