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Lady Flyers’ soccer routs West, fall to Lady Pirates

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

It rained more than water on Monday.
The St. Joseph Lady Flyers poured on the goals with six in each half as they blanked the Portsmouth West Lady Senators 12-0 in a Southern Ohio Conference game.
It took just three minutes before Lydia Sheridan scored off a deflected ball and it was 1-0.
Laiken Unger then scored at the 21-minute mark as Sheridan provided an assist. Emma Whaley got her first goal of the game six minutes later and it was 3-0.
Bella Whaley took over with a pair of goals with assists from Unger and her cousin Emma Whaley.
Kerri Jenkins provided the next cloudburst of scoring with a goal at the 38-minute mark and it was 6-0 at the break.
Unger’s second goal got the second half scoring downpour underway. Emilee Blankenship was next with a goal and Emma Whaley had her second goal.
Kaitlyn Sheridan then got her first career goal off a corner kick from cousin Chloe Sheridan and then Sami Anderson’s penalty kick with 20 second left capped the scoring.
St. Joseph had 37 shots on goal with the defense preventing West from getting any shots on goal. West’s goalkeeper had 16 saves.
Playing at league favorite Wheelersburg on Wednesday was a tough challenge for the Lady Flyers who put up a strong effort before falling 6-0.
“I couldn’t be even more proud of this team. It’s tough playing with so few players, but these girls give me 100 percent every single game. That’s all I can ask for as a coach,” said Lady Flyers’ coach Dan Blair.
The Lady Pirates got a goal from the right win from Hannah Bauer at the 13-minute mark and then finally scored again at the 31-minute mark as Chelsea Steele hit a shot over the goalkeeper’s head.
Steele scored again on a breakaway seven minutes later and it was 3-0 at the half.
Jocelyn Tilly’s goal at the 53-minute mark made it 4-0 and Steele’s third goal six minutes later pushed the lead to 5-0.
The final goal came at the 68-minute mark by Annie Coriell.
Freshman Gracie Damron was the Lady Flyers’ goalkeeper and racked up 13 saves against 21 shots by the Lady Pirates.
“Gracie did a great job for us,” said Blair.
St. Joseph managed six shots on goal with the Lady Pirates goalie getting four saves.
The Lady Flyers have a key game at 10 a.m. on Monday as they host Minford in a Labor Day matchup.