Wheeling Central bests girls team, 2-1

RICHMOND – Missed opportunities proved costly for the Edison girls’ soccer team on Senior Night.

Wheeling Central was leading 2-1 midway through the second half when the Wildcats got two golden opportunities to tie the score, including on a penalty kick, but Edison was unable to convert and the Maroon Knights held on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Edison.

“We had a few chances we didn’t put away,” Edison (8-5-1) head coach Jeremy Angelo said. “Both teams had chances to score. They scored two. We scored one. It was a good game.”

Bethanie Bube netted the lone goal of the game for the Wildcats. Meghan Brooks assisted on the goal.

Ashton Cross and Cate Calissie each collected goals for the Maroon Knights (11-6). Both goals were unassisted.

“The girls played well,” Wheeling Central head coach David Cross said. “They were sleeping a little bit early in the game. They got the ball down the side, and they were able to get a cross in for the goal.

“We did not play great offensively. We average about four goals a game.”

Wheeling Central goalie Regan Blaha made seven saves, including one on Allie Byrley’s penalty kick in the second half.

“That was an excellent save,” coach Cross said. “She made a nice play. She was able to get down and stop the ball. That’s the way we do it in practice.”

Katie Oinonen made 10 saves for the Wildcats.

“I talked to other coaches,” Angelo said. “They have two talented girls up top. They have speed in the back. We played hard. We just didn’t execute.

“Give credit to Wheeling Central. They did what they had to do to get the win.”

Coach Cross said he did not know much about the Wildcats heading into Tuesday’s game.

“I haven’t seen them play,” he said. “This is the first year we have played. I didn’t know about the team or how they played.

“They remind me of Charleston Catholic. Offensively, they like to get the ball down in the corner and cross it.

“No. 27 (Bube) is a very-good player. She is very fast.

“They are similar to Madonna.”

“The missed PK ties the game,” Angelo said. “The girls played hard. The effort was there. The execution was not. That is something we can work on at practice. We played hard. We just didn’t execute.”

The game was the final home game for the Wildcats’ eight seniors – Sam Montgomery, Ashley Borsch, Meghan Scott, Kylie Long, Chelsea Zdinak, Hannah Miller, Brooks and Byrley.

“We played under the lights three years ago when Allie’s sister Jordan played,” Angelo said. “We played Big Red.”

Wheeling Central’s next game is Thursday at home against Magnolia up on Field 4.

“We didn’t lose to a team that didn’t have any wins,” Angelo said. “They made the Cup. There is why they did, and we saw that tonight.”

Edison’s next match is an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional game against Harrison Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Red Devil Stadium in St. Clairsville.

“We beat them 6-0 or 7-0 at their place,” Angelo said. “Now, we get to play them on a bigger field down at St. Clairsville.”