Beaver Local tops East Liverpool, awaits Edison on Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Beaver Local and East Liverpool girls’ soccer teams battled it out for 80 minutes Tuesday.

In the end, the Beavers scored one goal in each half en route to a 2-0 victory over the Potters in an Ohio Division II Eastern Section semifinal at Red Devil Stadium.

Beaver Local (9-7-1) scored its first goal on a penalty kick by Haley Tomlinson with 3:47 left to play before halftime. The Beavers were awarded the penalty kick when the Potters were called for a handball inside the penalty box.

“We have been working on PKs,” Beaver Local head coach Liz Connor said. “Oftentimes, they decide a game. Hayley has been pretty consistent taking them.

“We have a large team this year. We have depth on our bench. Stefanie Watson came up big with the second goal.”

Watson’s goal gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead with 22:54 left to play in the game. Kylie Severs assisted on the goal.

With the win, Beaver Local will now play Edison in the sectional co-final at noon Saturday. Edison advanced to Saturday by stopping Harrison Central, 3-0, in Tuesday’s first semifinal match. The Wildcats scored three goals in the final 6:25 to record the win.

The Beavers had plenty of players available to play in the game, but that was not the case for the Potters.

“I am so proud of the girls,” East Liverpool (5-12) head coach Katie Smith said. “They have battled all season. We only have 12 girls, so it makes it tough with injuries and things. Every player has to play 80 minutes. They played their hearts out tonight.”

Chelsea Possage made 17 saves in goal for the Potters. Maranda Kiddey made five saves for the Beavers.

“I am really going to miss our seniors,” Smith said.

East Liverpool’s seniors are wings Ashley Click and Alex Cunningham, sweeper Mikey Amato and Possage.

“I am proud of the girls,” Smith said. “They played to the whistle tonight.

“I think Beaver Local got two lucky goals.”

Beaver Local won all three meetings against East Liverpool this season.

“We both know each other pretty well,” Connor said. “It is tough to beat another team three times. The girls had to keep their focus during all of our training sessions.”

Smith is going to look back on this season in a positive light.

“I am going to look back on this season and know how hard the girls played with the low numbers,” Smith said. “I am proud of the girls. Some of them have never played before. We improved throughout the season.”

Beaver Local defeated Edison in last year’s sectional co-final in a shootout.

“It’s always a good game,” Connor said. “Four years ago, they beat us in overtime. Two years ago, they beat us in double overtime. Last year, we beat them in a shootout.”