The Wilmington High School girls soccer team defeated Clinton-Massie 3-1 Tuesday in a South Central Ohio League match at Alumni Field.
“We’ve tied a few quality opponents and we’re consistently beating the average teams but tonight was our first win versus a quality team,” WHS coach Kerry Lewis said. “Clinton-Massie is a good soccer team and we’ll have our hands full when we play again in two weeks.”
Wilmington is now 6-3-2 overall and 6-1-2 in the SCOL. Clinton-Massie falls to 5-6 overall and 5-3 in the league.
Lewis said WHS is still in the hunt for a league championship but needs help from other league teams in the final couple of weeks.
Wilmington held a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal by Claire Greenlees with an assist to Savannah Morgan in the seventh minute of the match.
Bridgette Thompson, WHS senior, assisted on the next two Lady Hurricane goals — one to Jasmine Jamiel in the 54th minute and another to Jordan Snarr in the 66th minute.
Lyla Self, the WHS senior goalkeeper, “played her best game,” Lewis said. “Lyla was aggressive coming off her line and her decision making was sharp.”
Lewis said his strikers were pressuring the ball in the attacking third while the midfielders knew when to attack and repeatedly fed the WHS strikers. Centerbacks Jenna Victor and Sophie Burt “displayed great team chemistry closing down CM’s attack.”
Defenders were rarely out of position, said Lewis. Greenlees, a converted midfielder, is playing defense for the first time this season and “was outstanding,” Lewis said. “She rarely made a mistake.”
“Excellent victory,” Lewis said. “All-around team win. We played well in every third.”