Lady Warriors shut out Northmont


By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com

HUBER HEIGHTS — Despite having two starters sidelined with injuries and a few more players going down for the count Wednesday against Northmont, the Wayne girls soccer team battled their way to a 1-0 victory.

The win was only the Lady Warriors second of the season and the Lady Bolts second loss. Wayne improved to 1-2-0 in conference play and 2-4-0 overall while Northmont fell to 0-2-1 in conference play and to 2-2-1 overall.

Freshman forward Cydne Campbell scored the lone goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Throughout the first half Wayne kept pressure on the Lady Bolts but Northmont had plenty of scoring chances. The Lady Bolts out-shot Wayne 12-4 during the match and had three shots deflect off the post while Wayne made the most of its best scoring opportunity.

“We have quite a few injuries and not just from tonight,” said Wayne Coach Brad Hemphill. “We’ve gone through a tough stretch of physical, hard games that we’ve gotten banged up in so that makes this win really nice. The girls fought very hard and this is the type of soccer that I have been expecting out of them all year, so it was nice to see them play well and a well-deserved win. Northmont is a good team and they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half, but we just fought and battled and came away with a win.”

Indeed, the Lady Bolts ramped up their offense in the second half but freshman goalkeeper Sophie Coulibaly rose to the challenge to make some stellar saves. With 35:52 remaining she reached out with her right hand to deflect a kick that looked like it would find the back of the net and at 31:33 Coulibaly got help from her teammates when they rebuffed a shot on goal taken from pointblank range in the right side of the goal box.

Northmont mounted several other determined runs on the Wayne goal in the last 10 minutes of play but came up empty handed.

“This is a game of chances sometimes,” said Northmont Coach Ted Mergler. “We had three shots off the post. All of those shots went the wrong direction and they had a shot off the post that deflected right to their player. We out-shot them twelve to four and we out-possessed them and dominated the game other than on the scoreboard. If you look at the second half, where was the majority of play at? On our offensive half. We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

Wayne travels to Tipp City on Monday and to Springboro on Wednesday before returning home to host Trotwood-Madison on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Northmont hosts Sidney on Monday and Springfield on Wednesday before traveling to Butler on Monday, Sept. 18.

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@AimMediaMidwest.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

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