HUBER HEIGHTS —The Wayne girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a 4-1 loss to Centerville Wednesday night at home. Centerville claimed top honors in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division with a 4-0-1 record while Wayne finished fourth a 2-3-0.
The two teams battled to a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. Freshman Destiny Bohanon scored the opening goal on an assist from Chiara Baker. Baker played the ball through to Bohanon inside the 18 who was able to knock the ball to the far post in the first 10 minutes of the game. Centerville tied the game on an attack down the right side of the field.
“We came out ready to play,” said Wayne Coach Vic Trapani. “The girls just wanted to come out and make a statement — this is a rival game and they wanted to let Centerville know that they’re not the only team in the GWOC Central that can compete on a high level and, we did that for a half.”
Centerville took command of the game with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half with the final goal being a penalty kick.
“That lull there really hurt us,” said Trapani. “Centerville did what good teams will do —they found a way to put the ball into the net and take advantage of the situation…It’s just hard to bounce back from that. Other than that 10 minute period, we played them even. We’ve just got to find a way to play an entire 80 minutes.”
Centerville improved to 9-3-4 while Wayne completed the regular season at 10-6-0, an improvement of one victory more than last season.
“Each year under this group of seniors, they’ve gotten a couple of wins better,” said Trapani. “The first year they’re in the program, I think they had three or four wins, then the second year they had seven and last year they had nine and this year they had 10 regular season wins, so they’re progressing. They’re moving forward. The team is developing and that’s all you can ask out of a kid is to keep making progress and that’s what they’re doing.”
Wayne, seeded seventh in the tournament, will play 14th seeded Piqua (4-10) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at home.
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