The Wilmington High School girls soccer team won their respective division at the Xenia preseason tournament this past weekend.
The Lady Hurricane won the White Division championship for the third straight year, defeating Middletown 4-1 in the title game Sunday afternoon. Drezden Beam tallied three goals and Megan Borton added one goal.
WHS trailed 1-0 then took a 2-1 halftime lead.
“After five games, fatigue was a factor but our girls never gave up,” said WHS coach Kerry Lewis. “In fact, they were even more determined and stormed back with a couple of quick goals to lead at halftime. That’s why we train so hard in the weight room and at The Strength Lab throughout the summer to develop the mental and physical toughness it takes to win. Their hard work in the gym paid off in our championship game. These preseason results give us excellent momentum heading into the high school season. We lost a lot of seniors last year, but our expectations are still high.”
Wilmington defeated Northeastern 5-1 in the semifinals Sunday morning as Savannah Morgan scored three goals. Beam and Michelle Huffman rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
“We were very pleased with the performance and effort from our freshmen Claire Greenlees, Michelle Huffman, Olivia Lewis, Ashley Tissot and Jenna Victor,” said Lewis. “As expected, our younger players came out of the gate Saturday morning a bit slow, but they quickly adjusted to the speed and physical play of high school soccer and finished the tournament strong.”
Lewis said senior Jen Cochran was “our unsung hero throughout the weekend securing our midfield. Jen’s workload was tremendous over a 5-game stretch and she never stopped defending.”
The Wilmington High School girls soccer team will conduct tryouts beginning 9 a.m. Aug. 1.