By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Allen East grabbed a 3-0 lead after 20-plus minutes of its girls soccer matchup versus host St. John’s Thursday night and secured a 5-2 victory in non-league action at the St. John’s Annex.
The Lady Mustangs (2-1-1) dominated the action in the first half, launching 14 shots on-goal (5 for the Lady Blue Jays) and forcing senior netminder Sam Wehri (14 total saves vs. 22 shots on-goal) to make nine stops, several of the diving variety, as sophomores Leah Casey and Jade Meyer in particular were difficult to deal with up front.
“Sam was brilliant in goal; she flat-out kept us in the match,” Jays coach Katrina Smith explained. “Meyer and Casey were too good; every time we made a mistake — like fell for the faint or didn’t stay in front — they burned us. Basically, they were mental mistakes, like stabbing for the ball.”
Mustang coach Lamar Houston figures those two open it up for everyone else.
“We have about six girls that we feel can score. Those two, along with Savannah (Silone), are marked quite a bit by the defense,” Houston said. “That opens it up for the others to get good opportunities. We got penty of them but we struggled finishing. We could have had several more. We start seven sophomores and two freshmen, so we’re still a work in progress.”
The Jays (0-2-1) had the first shot on-goal at 37:45 when sophomore Maria Giambruno-Fuge was denied from 25 yards by sophomore goalkeeper Kassidy Reneau (8 saves vs. 14 shots on-goal).
Wehri made a 1-on-1 stop of a 16-yarder by Casey at 34:49.