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Oct 6, 2023
WINTERSVILLE — Angi Ferri one upped Kaydence Walker in the goal department.
Ferri finished with a hat trick as her final goal of the match allowed the Harrison Central girls’ soccer team to edge Buckeye 8 rival Indian Creek, 3-2, in the first match of a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader Thursday evening at Kettlewell Stadium.
Ferri’s final goal came on a penalty kick with 14:44 remaining in the match after the Redskins were called for a foul inside the penalty box.
“Angi had the hat trick, thank goodness,” Harrison Central (3-9-1) head coach Mindy Madzia said. “We came out after a break. I gave them some time off. I gave them a Homecoming break. I wanted them to have time to allow their bodies to heal.
“We put some work in in the last couple of days. We were coming off of a hard loss to Sandy Valley. We put some work in on Wednesday.
“We moved. We worked on our ball control. I’m very happy with our performance.”
It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Redskins.
“In a game that is 2-2 and is evenly matched, you hate to see it decided like that,” first-year Indian Creek (2-9-1) head coach Danny Lawrence said. “Let them play to determine the winner if there is one. You never want to see a game decided by a penalty kick. You don’t want to see a game decided like that.
“I am proud of the girls. They never quit. Even when they got two on us, we kept going. We kept playing.”
Walker recorded a brace for the girls from Jefferson County. Aubrey Duggan assisted on one of the goals for the hosts.
“I knew they were going to be a good team to go up against,” Madzia said about Indian Creek. “We didn’t look at their record. They’re a good team.”
Halei Sweeney assisted on one Ferri’s goal.
“I don’t scout teams,” Lawrence said. “I have my plan, and then we see what happens. I’m able to adjust on the move. If I need to, I am able to make adjustments during the game.”
Vanessa Dowdle made 12 saves in goal for the girls from Harrison County.
Elizabeth Hope made seven saves in goal for Indian Creek.
After falling behind by a goal with less than 15 minutes left, the Redskins pushed forward in hopes of scoring the equalizer. Indian Creek had some opportunities to knot the score, however, Dowdle and the Harrison Central defense was up to the challenge.
“At halftime, I told the girls that we needed to finish,” Madzia said. “We worked on things, but we needed to finish.”
Dowdle came through for the Huskies with a couple big saves late in the match.
“We pressured really well,” Lawrence said. “At the end, we committed to the attack. We had time, and we were able to develop our offense.
“We did a good job of pressuring their mids. We did not give them a lot of time with the ball. We kept ourselves in the game. We pressed the whole time.”
Indian Creek is scheduled to take on county rival Catholic Central at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Reno Saccoccia Field inside Harding Stadium at the 11th-Annual Together We Care Soccer Cancer Benefit.
“It is always a big deal,” Lawrence said about the event. “We play Catholic Central. I just wish Coach Hoover was going to be there. Coach Hoover is not going to be able to coach at the game. I wish he was able to. I wanted to coach against him. We were together out here.”
Harrison Central is slated to play Cambridge at 1 p.m. Saturday at home at Wagner Field in an OVAC Consolation Match.
The Indian Creek boys played Minerva in Thursday’s nightcap.
The sectional draw is set for Sunday.
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