KETTERING — After a 1-1 halftime deadlock, Wayne sophomore Randa Richards scored the winning goal on an assist from center midfielder Chiara Baker with 16:07 left in the game at Fairmont on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
With Fairmont’s defense pushed up toward the center of the field, a ball was played out real high when the ball came to Baker’s head and she flicked the ball over the defensive line and Richards got the ball and scored her third goal of the season while Baker had recorded her ninth assist; she also has six goals for the season.
Fairmont’s Lexie Aukerman gave the hosts a 1-0 advantage with 34:01 left in the first half. Aukerman came from the right side of the penalty area to the left side and as the ball in, she vollied the ball with her foot and scored from eight yards for her fifth goal of the season.
Wayne’s Sommer Donnelly tied the game with 1:59 left in the first half on an assist from Baker. Baker slotted the ball through onto Donnelly who was coming out wide and she made a run towards the middle and as the ball was played, she bent her run onto the ball and got in behind the defense and had a breakaway to score her fourth goal of the season.
Wayne Coach Vic Trapani said Wayne started off slow in the first half, but played much better in the last 20 minutes in terms of winning and possessing the ball, finding open players and creating scoring chances.
“The kids just kept pushing to get better throughout the half and they did,” said Trapani.
Fairmont had seven shots, five on goal, while Wayne had 10 shots, five on goal.
Trapani said the team really wanted this victory “bad” as last year the team finished fifth in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Division after losing to Fairmont 1-0 last year. Wayne is now in fourth place in the Central with a 2-2-0 record as beating Fairmont assures the team of finishing no lower than fourth place, which Trapani said was an improvement over last year.
“Obviously, they wanted to win the division, but a couple of unlucky games — now they’re just fighting to finish as high as they can,” said Trapani. “They just wanted a win, bad…It’s kind of been hard for these girls to win some divisional games over the past couple of years; to get another one under they belt, they were really excited, really pleased and I’m happy for them. They played with lots of intensity, lots of heart and they had a positive result and that’s all we can ask for.”
Wayne improved to 8-5-0 while Fairmont fell to 3-12.
Wayne travels to Northwestern at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and hosts Bethel at 7 p.m. Monday and Centerville at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
In reserve action, Wayne defeated Fairmont 4-2 to improve to 5-5-2.
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