NEW RICHMOND – Giving up three early goals, Wilmington never recovered and lost to New Richmond 6-2 Tuesday in Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference American Division girls soccer action.
The loss puts the Lady Hurricane at 2-3-1 overall and 1-2 in American action. New Richmond is 3-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the division.
Wilmington surrendered three goals in the first seven minutes of the match and trailed 5-1 at the break.
“Worst half we’ve played in several years, especially defensively,” WHS coach Kerry Lewis said. “Girls got overwhelmed from the beginning with (New Richmond’s) speed and ball skills. The girls abandoned their defensive principles, fundamentals and tactics. Defensively speaking, we panicked.”
Lewis said his squad played much better in the second half but were unable to make up any ground.
“I’m proud of the girls for not quitting, showing resolve and learning from their mistakes,” the coach said. “We grew tonight as a team.”
Lewis commended the play of WHS goalkeeper Karlie Morgan, who faced heavy pressure especially in the first half. Lewis said, “Karlie is showing tremendous growth as a keeper. She’s making big plays and she’s gonna keep getting better.”
Katlyn Jamiel and Autumn Housh scored goal for Wilmington. Ashlyn Carey, Jordan Snarr and Katlyn Jamiel were credited with assists.