The Washington Lady Lion soccer team improved to 2-3-1 on the season with a 5-0 victory over Westfall on Thursday evening. It didn’t take long for WCH to get into the scoring column, as freshman Calee Ellars struck one into the back of the net just over a minute into the contest, making the score 1-0. Both teams traded shots on goal throughout the rest of the first half, but all were unsuccessful, leaving the score at 1-0 at the half.
Over 20 minutes went by in the second half before another goal was scored, this one coming on a strike from freshman Jordyn Gray, to make it 2-0 Lady Lions. Just a few minutes later, sophomore Destany Snyder connected on a goal to make it 3-0. Snyder followed that up with another goal of her own, pushing the score to 4-0 with just a few minutes remaining. The final goal of the evening came with just over a minute to play in the game, another strike by Gray, making it a 5-0 victory for WCH.
Statistically for Washington, Gray and Snyder had two goals each, while Ellars had one. Snyder led the Lady Lions with 11 shots on goal, senior Addison Chambers had eight, Ellars had four, junior Kaithlyn Maquiling had three, Gray had two, and senior Kayli Merritt had two. Gray, Chambers, and freshman Jannyah Villalobos Burns each finished with one assist.
Washington head coach Brandan Ellars spoke about the victory.
“They came together tonight and played together. In the game of soccer, if you have a bunch of individuals playing individually, it’s hard to win. When they can come together and work together, you see the results; we got the win tonight. I’m super proud of the team’s effort and I’m excited they got that second win.”
Ellars spoke about Destany Snyder. Snyder had multiple shots on goal in the first half that were unsuccessful before knocking in two in the second half.
“At halftime we had a little discussion. She sometimes gets in her own head, and she won’t battle for the ball, and she was making an outside run instead of inside runs. We made that adjustment, and she got two goals out of it. It was a great effort on her part on being coach-able and listening and implementing what we talked about halftime.”
He finished by speaking about the Lady Lion defense.
“Defensively, what more can you ask for? They got a shutout. Jordan McCane, our goalie back there, had tons of saves, had some close calls and she stood strong in there and did a good job back there with stopping the ball. It’s not easy getting the shut out, and she played the whole game. Normally, we split goalies, and we came in at halftime and I asked her if she would like to stay back there, and she said yes. She got the shutout, so it’s nice to see.”
The Lady Lions have two FAC games on the road next week, at McClain on Tuesday and at Hillsboro on Thursday.