Redskins bring the thunder to Blue Dons

CREATING PLAYS — Indian Creek’s Maleah Kelly plays the ball in front of Madonna’s Madison Costello on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

CREATING PLAYS — Indian Creek’s Maleah Kelly plays the ball in front of Madonna’s Madison Costello on Wednesday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

WEIRTON — The game Wednesday evening was cut short due to rain and darkness setting in after 56 minutes, but that was plenty of time for the Indian Creek girls soccer team to accomplish everything that coach Joe Lewis wanted to see his club do before sectionals.

The Redskins dominated their way to a 7-0 victory over Weirton Madonna , led by a two-goal, four-assist performance from senior Kelsey Lewis.

“The girls came out and played well,” coach Lewis said.

“The goal for the day was to aggressively step into the ball every time, win the 50-50 balls and to defend aggressively as well and not allow them to have their first pass. That’s what they did.”

To go along with Lewis’ performance, fellow senior Madelyn Yoho tallied a pair of goals, junior Payton Gaydosh had a goal and an assist, and senior Rachel Cooper added a pair of assists.

“As a team, we played good on the road,” Yoho said. “It was a good performance from everybody today. We had multiple people scoring goals, not just one.”

The Redskins (10-4-2) fired 21 shots at the Madonna goal, 14 of which found the target. Madonna (8-9-1) attempted just six shots, and none of them made Indian Creek goalkeeper Hailey Clark make a save in the contest.

“It was a good day,” coach Lewis said. “We needed to work on our defense, and I think that showed today. They had some shots at the goal but none on our goalie. It’s nice to get the shutout. We had good possession as well.”

Yoho opened up the scoring in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Kelsey Lewis and giving the Redskins a 1-0 lead. Indian Creek continued to control the majority of the play, and in the 25th minute Abby Copeland made it 2-0 with a shot from in close that went right over Madonna senior goalkeeper Kasey Canei (five saves).

The Redskins led 3-0 at the half after Kelsey Lewis connected for her first of the contest, taking a pass across the goal mouth and firing it into the open cage in the 37th minute.

Right before the half ended, the rain started to fall but not enough to halt the start of the second 40 minutes.

Gaydosh extended the lead in the first minute of the second half, connecting from in close to make it a 4-0 advantage for the Redskins. Sophomore Sloane Lewis extended the lead to 5-0 about a minute later.

Yoho and Kelsey Lewis each added their second goals of the game before the second half was six minutes old, making it a commanding 7-0 Indian Creek lead when the rain started falling again in the 56th minute, this time hard enough to halt the action.

“I scored on a nice soft ball in the beginning, and then toward the end I put one into the corner with a little help from the goalie,” Yoho said. “It feels pretty good.”

The referees sent the teams off the field and into a delay due to thunder. After roughly 20 minutes of waiting, the game was officially called due to darkness starting to set in.

“It’s kind of a bummer to get the rain and then have to stop early because it is getting dark,” coach Lewis said. “I would have liked the kids to have gotten to play the full 80 minutes, but we got out here and had a game at least.”

Madonna next plays at Brooke at noon on Saturday. Indian Creek begins play in the Ohio district tournament on the road at John Glenn next Wednesday.

Blue Dons coach Bob Kolanko declined to be interviewed after the game.

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