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Lightning, Beavers halt Huskies

LAUNCHING — Harrison Central’s Shelby Welch sends the ball up the field during Tuesday’s match against Beaver Local in Cadiz. - Andrew Grimm

CADIZ — The Harrison Central girls soccer team spent a weather delay strategizing how to get back into its match against Beaver Local on Tuesday, halted for lightning at halftime with the score 5-0 Beavers.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, they never got the chance to put those plans into practice as the game was called due to continued flashes of lightning with more storms on the way. Due to reaching halftime, the game was declared official.

“We were waiting it out, but there was more coming,” Harrison Central coach Mindy Madzia said. “(Beaver Local) coach (Liz) Connor and I both decided that waiting again might jeopardize the kids. We were thinking about the athletes sitting and having to return to play and stop again. It’s a worry about injuries, it’s too early in the season for that.

“It’s disappointing we didn’t get to come back out. The girls did not want to stop the game, they wanted to play. We regrouped and were going to try a different formation. Sitting there, we thought we could come back.”

With a young group, Madzia was happy with the way her team defended early, trailing just 1-0 for most of the first half. An injury forced some changes, and the Beavers (2-0) were able to exploit some mistakes to pull away late in the half. Beaver Local scored four of its five goals in the final 15 minutes, including two in the closing minutes.

“I’m very proud of the Huskies. Defensively, they were holding off a very good scoring team,” Madzia said. “My junior captain and lead defender (Lisa Gross) went down and got sick, so I had to do some rearranging and it kind of fell apart. The girls still worked hard.

“We have no seniors this year, so I put a lot of pressure on those juniors that are back.”

With roughly two minutes remaining in the intermission, the referees informed the coaches they had spotted lightning and ordered the teams off the field. They would not return to the gray turf.

Madison Cline led Beaver Local with two goals, while Jensen Britt and Jordan Palmer also added goals.

Britton Positano made 15 saves in net for Harrison Central.

DOUBLING UP

Tuesday was scheduled to be a doubleheader, with the boys team facing Big Red after the girls game. Steubenville and Harrison Central’s boys teams were in the stands waiting, before being ordered to the gym to wait out the delay.

During the delay, it was decided that the nightcap would be postponed to Thursday, creating another doubleheader as the Big Red girls are scheduled to face Harrison Central at 6 p.m.

The Harrison Central boys were scheduled to play Union Local on Thursday, but that game was canceled.

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