Thursday, October 04, 2012Girls Soccer: Findlay High does Clay a huge favor in TRAC play
The Oregon Clay girls soccer team might want to send Findlay High a big "thank you" card.
The Trojans did them a huge favor Wednesday night.
Halle McCleave converted a penalty kick 4:23 into the second half and Findlay's defense, anchored by goalie Olivia Bair, shut Toledo Notre Dame down as the Trojans upended the league-leading Eagles 1-0 in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference match at Elmer Graham Stadium.
The loss left Notre Dame (8-4-2) 5-1-0 in league play. It also meant that Oregon Clay, which nipped Findlay 1-0 last week, now shares first place in the standings with Findlay (7-3-3, 4-1-1 TRAC) solidly in second.
A defensive struggle was still scoreless early in the second half when Findlay's Breanne Brigadoi slipped a nice through pass to Lara Munoz. When Munoz got behind the Notre Dame defense and headed for the goal, she was taken down in the box.
FHS coach Dave LaRocco called on McCleave for the penalty kick and the sophomore midfielder came through.
"She's composed, she stays calm and she did a nice job of placing the shot," LaRocco said of Findlay's goal.
Findlay had only two shots on goal. But the Trojans did have a lead they never relinquished.
"We weren't able to put much pressure on them in the first half," LaRocco said. "Once we got the lead, we hunkered down and took a defensive mentality."
Bair stopped all seven shots by Notre Dame. Notre Dame keeper Ahalya Rai had one save.
Leading Findlay defensively were Nikki Huber with eight intercepts, Elizabeth Alexander with three steals and three intercepts, and Regan Campbell with a steal and four intercepts.
notre dame 2, findlay jv 1
goals: (Fin) Skyler Sensel. Assists: (Fin) Allyson Fraley. shots-on-goal: Findlay 6, Toledo Notre Dame 6. saves: (Fin) Marissa Wintrow 4.
records: Findlay 10-3-1.
ADA -- Kayla Trevino had a hat trick and Liberty-Benton led 6-0 by halftime as the Eagles beat Ada 9-0 Wednesday in North Central Ohio Soccer Association play.
Sydney Stuck recorded three assists and Jessie Selhorst added a goal and two assists for Liberty-Benton (8-4-1, 3-1-1 NCOSA), which outshot Ada 26-2.
Kaitlyn Hanrahan made only one save in the shutout. Ariel Rall had 10 for the Bulldogs (0-12-0, 0-5-0).
liberty-benton 9, ada 0
goals: (L-B) Kayla Trevino 3, Marisa Burkett, Molly Siferd, Jessie Selhorst, Megan Peplinski, Sydney Wenzinger & Laura Fish. Assists: (L-B) Sydney Stuck 3, Selhorst 2, Sam Johnson & Wenzinger 1. shots-on-goal: Liberty-Benton 26, Ada 2. saves: (L-B) Hanrahan 1; (Ada) Ariel Hall 10.
records: Liberty-Benton 8-4-1 overall, 3-1-1 North Central Ohio Soccer Association; Ada 0-12-0, 0-5-0.
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