AW Girls Soccer Opens NLL Play With 9-0 Win Over Bowling Green

AW sophomore Shelby Herrington scores on a penalty kick in a game against Findlay last Saturday. The goal was the only score of the game, as the Generals won 1-0 to up their record to 5-0 on the season. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — When you outshoot a team 24-1, odds are you’re going to win the soccer game. The Anthony Wayne girls lived up to the odds on August 30, opening up Northern Lakes League play with a 9-0 drubbing of the Bowling Green Bobcats. Seniors Hannah Dress and Jen Fortner each scored two goals in leading the Generals (4-0 overall, 1-0 NLL) to an easy road win at BG (3-2, 0-1). Sophomore keeper Keaton Grabarczyk made the one save opportunity she got, preserving the shutout for her squad. Dress said the team is hungry for success this year. “Starting the season off with a 4-0 record is more than a great feeling,” she said. “We have been working so hard on and off the field to improve our skills and we are all hungry for a better and longer season than we had last year. “I know this team can keep a clean winning record when we keep doing what we’re doing, and knowing we have room to improve every game and every practice.” It didn’t take long for Anthony Wayne to get the party started. Senior Emilie Reese (assisted by sophomore Hannah Rybicki) kicked a beautiful, long shot from the left wing over the Bowling Green keeper’s outstretched arms, landing in the side net for a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game. The visitors controlled possession throughout the half, passing the ball around Bobcats defenders until they saw a scoring opportunity. Ten minutes later, sophomore Jocelyn Crossley dribbled the ball past a couple of BG defenders on the right side and booted it in for the 2-0 advantage. Five minutes later, Fortner scored the first of her two goals on the day, taking a pass from senior Laura Life in the middle of the field and netting it for the 3-0 lead. After a break of 13 minutes without a score, senior Mallory Porvaznik found the back of the net on a give-and-go play with Dress. Dress went on to score two straight goals just minutes after the Porvaznik goal on assists by sophomore Kaylee Kahl and Porvaznik. By the end of the first half, Anthony Wayne took its foot off the pedal a bit and was content to pass the ball around the pitch to close things out. AW opened the second half firing away again, with early goals coming from Rybicki (assisted by Crossley) and Fortner (her team-leading sixth of the season) on an assist by junior Jerzy Zito. The final goal of the afternoon came on a nice corner kick from sophomore Shelby Herrington that found the head of sophomore Sam Schofield, who knocked it in the goal for the 9-0 score. As one of eight seniors on a team that also boasts 10 sophomores, Dress thinks the team chemistry is a key to the Generals’ early success. “The younger players and the upperclassmen have meshed together very well as the season has progressed,” she said. “It’s a great feeling to know that no matter what grade you’re in, everyone on the team will support and have your back no matter what. “There isn’t one player on my team that I don’t have a close relationship with. I think that’s awesome.” The Generals have some tough league and non-league games coming up, with matches against the likes of Southview, St. Ursula, Worthington Kilbourne, Northview and Perrysburg on the September schedule. Dress said the team has one key ingredient that will help it fight through its challenges. “If I could describe this team in one word, it would be grit,” she said. “As we take on some of the bigger teams in the NLL, our team needs the grit, passion and hustle that we always bring to the table. “Every player brings something different to the table and I think that’s very important.” AW 1, Findlay 0 The Generals (5-0) got a second-half penalty kick from sophomore Shelby Herrington that was all the offense they would need in a 1-0 win over visiting Findlay last Saturday. The biggest winner of the day, however, may have been the American Red Cross, which took in $3,342.26 to go toward Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The Herrington penalty kick came after Fortner was fouled in the box. Prior to the Findlay win, the AW girls team was ranked No. 3 in the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll, behind No. 1 Perrysburg and Notre Dame.

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