SPRINGFIELD — The Wayne girls soccer team stopped a three-game losing streak in which they were outscored 7-0 as seven different player scored goals Wednesday night to defeat host Springfield 7-1.
“What I was really excited about was seven goals by seven different girls,” said Wayne Coach Vic Trapani. “I like to see everybody contribute and I think that the whole team did in this game.”
A pair of freshmen scored first half goals to break the scoring drought. Freshman Destiny Bohanon broke the recent scoring drought with an assist from Chiara Baker with 17:42 left in the first half. For most of the first half, Wayne put Springfield’s defense under pressure and Bohanon got a through ball through the defensive back line and scored on a breakaway.
Freshman midfielder Armani Dortch put the Warriors up 2-0 on an assist from sophomore forward Randa Richards with 2:12 left in the half. Dortch got the ball near the left sideline and dribbled towards the center and launched a shot. Trapani said both girls finished “real nice.”
After the recent scoring drought, Trapani said it was “huge” to get two first half goals. He said that finally getting the second goal allowed them to play “with a little bit more comfort behind us,” said Trapani.
“We just felt the pressure on not scoring and just to get that first one in and then follow it up with a second one 15 minutes later was just huge, like I said,” added Trapani. “It really gave the girls a boost and we had a lot of good things to tell the girls at halftime and a lot to build on.”
In the first half, Wayne took 15 shots, nine on goal. In the second half, Wayne took 11 shots, 10 on goal with five goals.
“When we shot the ball, when we decided to pull the trigger, we put it on frame,” said Trapani. “You could see the difference — fewer shots, but more goals in the second half. They were putting them between the pipes and that’s what you need to do.”
“We went out in that second half and just really took it to Springfield,” added Trapani. “We played well. They passed the ball well. They moved well. They were getting in behind the defense.”
Senior co-captain Baker scored an unassisted goal with34:49 left in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Ruble increased Wayne’s lead to 4-0 with 21:55 left in the half as senior captain Madison Doss was credited with an assist.
Senior defender Jamie Warden then scored on as assist from sophomore defender Rayna Edwards with 17:19 left. Senior Sommer Donnelly scored at 11:37 with an assist from senior captain Haleigh Russell. Russell followed that up at 7:56 with her own goal on an assist from Ruble to put Wayne up 7-0.
Springfield foiled Wayne’s shutout potential on a goal at 4:53 by senior Julia Hilling on a free kick outside the 18 after being fouled outside the penalty area to account for Wayne’s 7-1 margin of victory. This was Springfield’s only shot of the night. Trapani said he was disappointed to see the shutout disappear, but said he didn’t think any goalie in the Dayton area could have stopped that kick as it was struck hard and went right up into the corner of the goal, out of the reach of any goalie.
Wayne improved to 7-5-0 while Springfield dropped to 2-8-1. Wayne will travel to Fairmont at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. and to Northwestern at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. On Monday, Oct. 12, Wayne will host Bethel at 7 p.m. There is no JV game that night and Senior Night activities are expected to start at 6 p.m.
In JV action, Wayne blanked Springfield 3-0 to improve to 4-5-2.
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