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Creek girls put pieces together against Edison

PASSING — Edison’s Laine Murphey makes a pass while Indian Creek’s Hailey Clark defends during Monday’s match. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

MINGO JUNCTION — Early in the season, he Edison and Indian Creek girls soccer teams are trying to put the pieces together and figure out what they have for 2019.

That process is going a bit faster for the Redskins, as they dominated the Wildcats, 7-0, Monday evening at the John Muth Recreational Complex.

“We only have five girls returning from last season, so we have a pretty young team,” Indian Creek head coach Joe Lewis said. “We’re still trying to figure out roles and positions here. I think they are starting to come together. We have a ton of figuring out to do. This game went a long way in solidifying some things for us.

“Edison came out and played a good game. The experience that we do have is a little bit more than what they have.”

Indian Creek (1-1) suffered a tough loss to a good St. Clairsville team in its opener. Even after such an impressive bounce back, Lewis is not one to talk about confidence. Instead, he simply wants his team to focus.

“We played our first game Friday night (against St. Clairsville) and they just have a tremendous team,” Lewis said. “The girls kind of figured some things out and came out a lot stronger (Monday). We changed our line up a little bit.

“I’m not too big on the confidence games. You have to play a good game and make good decisions when you are out there on the field. You can play a good team lose and still gain confidence if you played a good game.

Abby Copeland, one of Lewis’ few returners from a successful season a year ago, registered a pair of goals, set up another and had several other quality looks just miss finding the twine.

“Abby played a real nice game for us,” Lewis said. “She is probably our most skilled player, and that is the game we look for from her.”

Hailey Clark also finished with a pair of goals. Mackenzie Taylor was not tested often in goal, but when she was, she had the answers.

“It’s always nice to get the win,” Lewis said. “We always want to win, but you have to get something from it.”

For Edison (0-1), a young squad also trying to replace a lot of pieces, it was a rough first game out.

“It’s not the start we wanted to our season,” Edison head coach Jordan Tice said. “We’re still figuring stuff out. There are some connections, but we have to make them a little bit stronger. We are young. We have a lot of new people to soccer in general, so we are building.”

Tice felt the Wildcats did show a lot of good signs to build off of going forward.

“We started to build upon some stuff (as the game went on),” she said. “We started to see what we want to do, the execution has to get a lot better.”

Alli Grimes turned aside 20 Redskins shots, and got a piece of a couple that managed to get behind her.

After a quick, early feeling out process, Copeland opened the scoring about 10 minutes into the game.

Roughly two minutes later, Rileigh Gualtiere raced down the wing and fired a hard shot off of Grimes and in to make it 2-0. Clark hit the post soon after as the Redskins continued to keep up the pressure, then, about 17 minutes in, Sloane Lewis set up Copeland for her second of the game.

After a water break at the 20 minute mark, Grimes made several quality stops — including one each on Copeland and Ally Tweedy — to keep it a 3-0 game at halftime.

Once the second half got going, Indian Creek maintained the pressure, Copeland feeding Gualtiere six minutes after the break to make it 4-0.

Sloane Lewis fired home a goal to make it 5-0 after another water stop midway through the second half, then Clark scored the final two goals for the Redskins, scoring from in close and on a rebound about a minute apart for the 7-0 final.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

A set of circumstances on both sides led to the game being played at the Mingo Junction field. The contest was originally scheduled to be a home game for Edison, but, due to continuing work on the track facility around the soccer field, the Wildcats home games for the first two weeks of the season have been switched to road games.

On the Indian Creek side, the soccer home games eventually will be played at Kettlewell Stadium in Wintersville on the new turf, but that project also is still in progress, so the Redskins begin the season playing home games in Mingo Junction.

“We were hoping we were on the turf at the beginning of the season, but hopefully we get on it (soon),” Lewis said. “Good things are coming.

“It’s nice to win at home. The girls like playing in front of their families.”

UP NEXT

Edison: Is at Carrollton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Indian Creek: Travels to play Carrollton on Wednesday.

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