No. 7 Anthony Wayne Tops Maumee 9-0 On Girls Soccer Pitch

AW senior midfielder Izzy Merkel boots the ball during an August 29 game against Perrysburg. Merkel contributed a goal and an assist to the Generals’ 9-0 win over Maumee on September 5. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Anthony Wayne’s girls soccer team showed why it was ranked No. 7 in the latest OSSCA poll on September 5, when the Generals improved to 5-1 (2-0 in Northern Lakes League play) with a 9-0 victory over visiting Maumee.

The dominating performance saw AW outshoot the Panthers 33-1, despite opting to work on passing and possession instead of scoring for about half of the contest.

Junior forward Hannah Rybicki set a quick tone for the Generals offense by scoring on an assist from freshman forward Alaina Uncapher in just the second minute.

Her classmate, back Madison Theis wasted little time in doubling that lead by scoring on a long shot after an assist from senior midfielder Taylor Gadus in the third minute.

Uncapher was then rewarded for her efforts by scoring a third AW goal on an assist from senior midfielder Izzy Merkel in the fifth minute.

Maumee senior Abbe Rank, juniors Chayah Keller, Nora Smalley and Leyse Smith and sophomore Kelsey Walborn worked hard to keep the Generals off the board over the next nine minutes, but AW came back to add goal No. 4 on an assist from junior midfielder Shelby Herrington to classmate and forward Jocelyn Crossley in the 11th minute. 

Goal No. 5 came on an assist from freshman midfielder Brynn Gardner to junior forward Brooke Hamblin in the 14th minute.

Panthers junior Hailey Binkowski joined Smith in helping to keep the deficit at five goals over the next 11 minutes, but the Generals tacked one more goal onto their lead before the first half ended – this one coming on an assist from freshman Kate Kemmer to junior midfielder Sam Schofield in the 25th minute.

Shortly thereafter, Anthony Wayne began passing back-and-fourth over the entire length of the field as the remainder of the opening half wound down.

Over that first 40 minutes, players such as Gadus, Merkel, seniors Sophia Miller and Jerzy Zito and freshman Payton Miller helped to keep Maumee shotless in a 22-0 category.

The second half began with strong defensive performances from the Generals’ Hamblin and junior Kaylee Kahl and the Panthers’ Keller, Walborn and junior Natalie Winkle.

Despite Keller providing Maumee with its first shot in the 42nd minute, though, the Generals offense scored two more goals in the fifth and eighth minutes.

Anthony Wayne’s seventh score came on an assist from Brynn Gardner to Merkel and its eighth came on an assist from Schofield to Zito.

To their credit, Panthers Binkowski, Rank, junior Zoe Ramirez and freshmen Lily Murphy and Taylor Westrick refused to let up over the next 32:00, but the Generals ultimately added a ninth and final goal in the 74th minute on a final assist from junior back Emilie Gardner to Herrington.

Anthony Wayne junior goalkeeper Keaton Grabarczyk did not have a save opportunity in the first half, but she nearly scored on three shots as a forward in the second stanza.

Sophomore Jada Spencer recorded the second-half save on Keller’s attempt.

Smith racked up 11 saves for Maumee (1-2-2, 0-2), and got additional defensive help from sophomore Olivia Zale near the end of the opening half.

AW 2, Strongsville 2

Three days later, the Generals played to a 2-2 tie a Strongsville.

Rybicki scored one of the Anthony Wayne goals on an assist from Herrington and Brynn Gardner assisted Emilie Gardner on the second score.

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