Legacy Field at Alumni Stadium hosted a girls soccer showdown last night between the visiting Springboro Panthers, who came into the game in first place in the GWOC National, and the Centerville Elks, who came into the game in second place in the GWOC American. The Lady Elks were looking to extend their winning streak to nine and avenge a 1-0 loss earlier in the season to the Panthers at Wade Field.
The first half was all about defense as both teams continually shut down any scoring opportunity their opponent tried to create. After forty minutes of exciting soccer, the two teams headed to their respective locker rooms to make halftime adjustments deadlocked at 0-0. The second half was similar to the first as the defensive dominance continued. As many in attendance started to believe the game was going to end in a 0-0 tie, the game’s only goal was scored with just five minutes left when junior Braelen Devoe headed one into the net to give the Elks a 1-0 lead. The defense made that goal stand and the Lady Elks not only had their ninth win in a row, but also some sweet revenge for their early season loss. Do not be surprised if these two teams meet again in the upcoming OHSAA tournament.
Now 11-2-1 on the year and 6-1 in GWOC play, the girls are back home on Saturday afternoon to take on Lakota East. The JV A game gets underway at 3:00 PM and the varsity follows at 5:00 PM. It is senior night for the girls as well and we will honor Kara Allen, Lauren Bastian, Nicole Gardner, Brandi Greenlee, Chloe Spitler, Emma Stanley and Sydney White along with their families prior to the varsity game.