Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to an opponent because they are a talented group. Then there is the dubious task of playing back-to-back games against two terrific teams that are as good as any in the area.
That was the case Thursday, Sept. 20 at West Holmes High School, where a powerful and talented Ashland team stormed the field and took care of business, defeating the Lady Knights on the pitch 7-1.
The Arrows supplied a relentless attack on goal, and West Holmes did its best to manage the game, but the Arrows proved to be too strong.
Ashland took a 3-0 lead into the half as the deep Arrows team simply wore down the injury-depleted Lady Knights. Kerri Wagner was able to light the Lady Knights’ side of the scoreboard, scoring from a penalty kick following a handball in the box in the second half. Freshman Elyssa Sutton was extremely busy all night as the newcomers in net finished with 16 saves. West Holmes returns to play Tuesday at home versus Mt. Vernon.
It wasn’t much prettier two days earlier when West Holmes traveled to Mansfield Madison, the other Ohio Cardinal Conference juggernaut that defeated Ashland 3-0, and in that one West Holmes fell 11-1. In that game Taylor Dye was able to produce the lone score for the Lady Knights while Abby Rohr and Sutton combined for 14 saves.
When they weren’t playing the dominant teams in the OCC, West Holmes looked much better, collecting a 4-0 win over Carrollton. West Holmes produced 22 shots on goal in that game and saw both Dye and Wagner knock home a pair of goals apiece in the win.