NORTHMONT — In a hard-fought, physical soccer game Tuesday, the Wayne girls were edged 2-1 by Beavercreek in the Division I district semifinal at Northmont.
“The girls laid it all on the line tonight,” said coach Vic Trapani, whose squad finished the season with a 12-7 record. “They competed the whole game, faced adversity but never quit out there.”
After a scoreless first half, the Warriors hit pay dirt with a goal in the opening minute of the second half. After a Beavercreek player received a yellow card, the Warriors took advantage.
Senior Madison Doss booted a free kick near midfield that soared toward the goal and created an own goal when a Beavercreek player headed the shot past her own goal keeper for a 1-0 lead.
The Wayne lead, however, lasted for only five minutes. Beavercreek scored the equalizer on an own goal set up on a throw-in near the far corner. The high throw-in settled between the offense and defense but it deflected off a Warrior and past goalie Ashley Flohre.
Knotted at 1-1, the offensive tide turned in favor of Beavercreek in the final 20 minutes of the contest when Beavercreek’s ball possession set up four corner kicks, three throw-ins and two free kicks.
Wayne stymied each offensive attack except the free kick at 12:39.
Beavercreek’s top scorer — senior Sierra Peacock — stood about 10 yards in front on the goal and headed the free kick into the top shelf on the left side, past the outstretched hands of Flohre.
With a 2-1 lead, Beavercreek put its top defensive squad on the field to keep the Warriors at bay in the final minutes of the game.
Flohre stopped 15 shots on goal in the game. Beavercreek goalie Brook Mays was only tested with four Warrior shots on goal.
Beavercreek coach Steve Popp, now in his 17th year the helm, praised Wayne, a team his club defeated 2-0 in the regular season.
“Wayne played a really good game,” Popp said. “They have some good players who played their hearts out. We knew how good they were from how they played toward the end of the year and earned a spot in the district semifinal.”
Now 12-3-5, Beavercreek advances to the D-I district final Thursday at West Carrollton against the Loveland-Sycamore winner