SIDNEY — The Wayne girls soccer team won the second round of the sectional tournament Thursday night at Sidney 2-1 in overtime.
Alexcis Jordan, a senior, scored the winning goal at 13:41 in the first sudden death overtime period.
“I am literally ecstatic,” said Jordan. “I’m on cloud nine because I scored the winning goal and my team gets to advance…and I’m just so proud of all of the girls. It’s just amazing — it’s my senior year. I’m so excited to move on and keep going forward.”
“I vollied it into the right far post corner,” said Jordan.
The goal came about as a result of a breakaway as Destiny Bohanon got the ball out to the right flank and the goalie had to come out and tackle the ball fouling Bohanon giving Wayne a free kick from the right side of the field, 10 yards from the end of the field. Coach Vic Trapani said Armani Dortch served a perfect ball in behind their three-man wall and it came right in front of the goal to Randa Richards who bumped the ball over to Jordan who knocked the ball into the goal from eight yards out.
Jordan shed tears of joy following the overtime victory.
“I was just so happy,” she said.
At the beginning of the game, Jordan admitted that the team was upset that they didn’t have all of their varsity players available due to injuries.
“But, we also wanted to play for the girls that weren’t able to play,” said Jordan.
Wayne and Sidney battled to a scoreless deadlock at halftime. Senior Sommer Donnelly scored with 21:38 left in the second half. Wayne got the ball out wide to freshman Destiny Bohanon, who got the ball into the corner and she crossed it from the corner on the right hand side as Donnelly made a run from the left hand side and vollied the ball into the goal as the ball came across the mouth of the goal from nine yards.
Sidney tied the contest with only 2:52 left in regulation. Kaitlyn Davis scored from 40 yards on the left side of the field on a direct free kick.
Wayne coach Vic Trapani said the Wayne players were a little disappointed due to the fact that they were winning right up to the very end.
“But, we played well, considering the fact that we pretty much are decimated with injuries,” said Trapani. “The kids didn’t even think they were going to be in the game and then when they saw that they were in the game and that they were winning, just to give up that late goal, they just were kind of down and so we just talked to them at the end of the game and told them that they were going to be all right and just keep playing hard and let’s take it right out to them and put an end to this thing.”
Wayne normally carries 16 players on its varsity roster, but was down to 12 varsity players, but pulled up four JV players to fill in for the injured players.
At the end of regulation, both teams had 10 shots each as goalie Ashley Flohre recorded four saves.
Trapani described the victory celebration as awesome as he said the kids were really excited.
“They worked hard for this win,” said Trapani. “They started the game worried about just being able to be competitive and then five to 10 minutes into the game, they started believing that they could compete with this team and then by the end of the game, they were winners and it was just a fantastic feeling for these girls. They’ve worked hard. We’ve talked all year long — the sign of a good team is how they overcome adversity and this team faced with all of these injuries, the whole team stepped up and did their job. That’s a sign of a team growing and developing. We’re just really pleased as a coaching staff.”
Wayne achieved its 12th win of the season and Trapani said they are hoping to get the 13th win at 7 p.m. Monday night when they face Beavercreek at Northmont. Wayne improved to 12-6-0 while Beavercreek improved to 11-3-4 with a 9-0 victory against Springfield.
Reach Greg Smart at 684-8088.