Wayne girls improve to 5-1 with 2-1 victory at Troy

By Greg Smart - Courier editor

TROY — The Wayne girls overcame the heat to defeat host Troy Saturday afternoon 2-1.

“It was a good win for us today,” said Coach Vic Trapani. “It was one of the teams we really wanted to beat and they just really rose to the occasion.”

The two squads battled to a scoreless deadlock at halftime.

Troy took a 1-0 lead in the second half, but the Lady Warriors responded with the final two goals to improve their record to 5-1.

Chiara Baker tied the game 1-1 on an assist from Rayna Edwards. Wayne had served the ball to the corner into the front of the goal and Troy was unable to clear the ball, knocking it back out into the penalty area and Edwards sent the ball towards Baker who was on the left side of the goal and she was able to score.

Wayne scored the winning goal with about 3:30 remaining in the contest on a goal by senior midfielder and forward Jamie Warden. Following a counter attack, the ball got played into the middle in front of the goal 18 yards out and the ball got knocked back out to Warden. She was able to score into the near post with an assist credited to Ashley Ruble.

“It was a gut check for us,” said Trapani. “It was so hot out there and we were kind of thin on the bench with some of our varsity players due to injury…and the girls just played well under the conditions. That mental toughness got us through and we got through the match with a victory. Good for them, we were really pleased.”

The victory was also notable as the Lady Warriors fell to the Lady Trojans last year 1-0. Trapani also said Wayne wanted to beat a team from the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division and Troy is the only squad on the schedule this year from that division.

Wayne will host Lebanon at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

By Greg Smart

Courier editor