The Washington Lady Blue Lion soccer team played its final home game of the 2018 season Thursday when Westfall came to town.
The Lady Mustangs defeated Washington, 5-0.
Westfall held a 4-0 halftime lead.
It was senior night and Washington recognized its seven seniors: Mackenzie Shaffer, Kassidy Hines, Carly Dodds, Hannah Patterson, Sammie Arbogast, Aurora Wilson and Taylor Smith.
The game unfolded in a similar scenario as have many others this season, according to head coach Chris Chambers.
“We gave up goals early,” Chambers said. “Our senior goalie (Taylor Smith) went out with an ankle injury with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. I hate to see that, especially on senior night.
“I told these girls when I took the job, every coach can remember their first senior class,” Chambers said. “To a girl, to go through the adversity that they’ve gone through with the seasons they’ve had and still remain committed to coming back and finishing their senior year, it just speaks volumes on what they wanted to do.
“I’m going to miss every one of them,” Chambers said. “Not just as soccer players, not just as a coach. You get to know them as students. You see them in the hallway every day. To see them grow and then be a part of their senior year, it’s pretty awesome. It’s humbling. I told each one of them that I truly thank them for trusting me with their senior season. Because, they didn’t have to come back out. I have a lot of respect for them for saying, ‘hey, we’re going to come back and finish it out.’”
Washington (1-13-0) now prepares for a Sectional tournament game to be played at Circleville Tuesday at 5 p.m. The winner of that match plays at the winner of the Miami Trace vs Sheridan match (also to be played Tuesday) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. for a Sectional championship.
The Lady Lions played at Circleville back on Aug. 23 and lost that match, 7-0.
“I go into every game, I tell the girls, there will never be a game when I step onto the field that I don’t think we can’t win,” Chambers said. “I’m hoping that they feel that same way. We’ll see what happens Tuesday.”