It was senior night at Miami Trace Thursday and the soccer team honored its 10 seniors prior to the match against the Lady Lions of Washington High School.
Miami Trace won the match, 4-0.
One of those seniors, Tori Evans, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 31:20 to play in the first half.
With 22:05 to play in the first half, senior Tori Morrison scored for a 2-0 Miami Trace lead.
At the 13:31 mark of the first half, Magarah Bloom scored with an assist from Morrison.
Miami Trace led 3-0 at the halftime intermission.
What turned out to be the final goal of the match was scored by senior Becca Ratliff on a penalty kick at the 7:52 mark.
Senior Khenadi Grubb had one save in goal for Miami Trace.
Washington had two shots on goal.
Miami Trace had 37 shots on goal.
Taylor Smith had seven saves for Washington.
“It was our senior night, so we started 10 seniors,” Miami Trace head coach Caitlin Francis said. “We got a goal during that (initial) time. The girls came out and we’re excited to play. We had some good passing combinations.
“In the second half, we struggled going into the wind,” Francis said. “That limited our shots in the second half.”
“I was really worried how the girls would react to Tuesday’s loss at McClain,” Washington head coach Chris Chambers said. “I thought we were going to McClain with the mindset to take care of business and, quite frankly, we had it handed to us (a 9-0 loss).
“Tonight, against a really good Trace team, we held our own,” Chambers said. “I was really proud of how they played. Usually, when we have a good first half, we disappear in the second. (Tonight) we stepped up a notch in the second (half) and aside from a penalty kick, shut them down.
“We have had some injuries that have hurt, but, the girls really stepped up tonight,” Chambers said. “I’m just really happy with how they reacted in the second half.”
Miami Trace is now 9-4-1 overall (6-3-1 in the FAC).
In other FAC matches Thursday, Hillsboro defeated McClain, 10-2 and Chillicothe beat Jackson, 3-0.
Seniors for Miami Trace are: Tori Morrison, Macy Creamer, Khenadi Grubb, Lena Steele, Becca Ratliff, Tori Evans, Cassidy Lovett, Krissy Ison, Nataliee Payton and Cassie Baird.