Beall, Big Red out-score Ferri, Huskies
STEUBENVILLE — Bailee Beall stole the show for the shorthanded Big Red girls’ soccer team.
Beall, a freshman midfielder, tallied a hat trick leading Big Red to a 3-2 victory against Harrison Central Tuesday night on Reno Saccoccia Field inside Harding Stadium.
Beall collected one goal in the first half before adding a pair in the second.
“It is always nice to get a win,” Big Red (2-0) head coach Annie Cutri said. “We were missing three players. They were taking part in the cheer competition at the fair. We had some girls step up. We had some girls fill in. They were playing position that maybe they weren’t comfortable in. We had a few vulnerabilities on the field, and it showed.”
Angi Ferri finished with two goals for the Huskies. The junior forward netted both of her goals in the second half.
“Our girls battled,” Harrison Central (0-1) head coach Mindy Madzia said. “We have worked super hard. We are trying to step up our game.
“Our ultimate goal was to score a goal. The previous years we have played them we have been shutout. We wanted to score a goal, and we ended up scoring two. The girls were excited, but we lost the game. They played hard.
“I have seen a lot of growth from this team. I have a new assistant coach — Meghan Scott — this season. She has been a huge help to me.”
Scott served as the head coach at Edison – her alma mater – last season.
Marleny Torres and Ireland Marshall each recorded an assist for Big Red.
Adelaide Shaw made 11 saves in goal for Steubenville.
“Jules King is a great defender,” Madzia said. “She can be bring the ball up the field. She is a great asset to them.
“They have a lot of speed. They play well together. Kudos to Coach Annie on the win.”
Both of Ferri’s goals were unassisted. Her first goal came on a penalty kick, while the second came on a breakaway.
Vanessa Dowdle delivered 12 saves for the visitors from Harrison Central.
Big Red had the better of the play early on, and Beall recorded her first goal 11:05 into the match giving Big Red a 1-0 lead. Big Red had some chances to extend their lead throughout the rest of the first half, however, the hosts were unable to find the back of the net for a second time in the first 40 minutes.
Harrison Central showed some signs on offense, but the Huskies were unable to get a shot into the net as the girls in the black uniforms led 1-0 at halftime.
Big Red maintained its one-goal advantage past the midway point of the second half.
The victors had multiple opportunities to cash in and extend their lead, however, Dowdle and the Harrison Central defense kept them off the scoreboard.
Beall, however, was eventually able to break through giving Big Red a 2-0 lead with about 18 minutes left in the match.
“A 2-0 lead is always the most dangerous lead in soccer,” Cutri said. “We are working on that transition. We don’t want to give chances to the other team.”
Unfortunately for Cutri, her team did just that as the Huskies answered right back when Ferri scored on a penalty kick with 17:19 still showing on the scoreboard clock pulling the girls in the white jerseys to within 2-1.
Big Red responded as the see-saw affair saw another goal scored less than two minutes later.
This time, Beall capped her hat trick when she placed a shot into the lower corner of the net on the far side enabling Big Red to regain a two-goal advantage at 3-1 with 15:42 left to play.
“They are a very-solid team,” Cutri said. “Their teamwork and their team chemistry is amazing. They are pretty tough. With us not having three of girls, we expected this game to be a battle.
“Every high school season is a new season. You have to learn. We are trying to work together and trying to play together. It is a work in progress.”
Ferri finished off the scoring when she found the back of the net for the second time with just 47 seconds showing on the clock.
“Things are going well,” Madzia said. “We have 20 girls. We have two freshman, and one of the freshman played a lot of time tonight.
“We scored 40 goals last season, and our ultimate goal is to surpass that number this season.”
The Huskies will make another trip into Jefferson County for their next game as Harrison Central will play Catholic Central at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tony Recinella Soccer Field.
Big Red plays its third-straight home game to open the season as Oak Glen comes to town for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.