Sunday, October 2, 2022

Second-half goals lead Wickliffe to win at Trinity

Ana Stjepanovic and Morgan Gabriel both scored second-half goals to lead Wickliffe to a 2-1 Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division win at Trinity on Thursday.

The Blue Devils improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.

“This was a total team win today,” Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz said. “We struggled in the first half with the intensity that Trinity brought into the field. After halftime, I thought we kicked it into a new gear. In the final 20 minutes, Ana, Caitlyn (Henderson), and Jaina (Buttari) re-entered the game and fueled a late charge for us that the rest of the team caught and helped propel us to victory.”

Neither team found the net in the first half but Wickliffe bunched its second-half goals together in the 67th minute.

Buttari crossed a ball into the box and Stjepanovic finished it off for the first Wickliffe goal. Gabriel scored the second a minute later on an accurate shot from distance.

Kaylee Lauriel recorded five saves for the Blue Devils, who return to action on Sept. 5 when they host league rival Independence.

“We had some younger players show assertive play today and our seniors took more leadership of the team,” Gribovicz said. “I look forward to seeing this attitude take over the team and continuing throughout the season.”

Summer Wrobel scored Trinity’s second-half goal.

“Summer’s goal was really spectacular, given the way the match played out,” Trinity coach Calvin Jefferson said. “All of the girls played really strong and nearly earned the result.”

Despite the loss, Jefferson was pleased with what he saw out of the Trojans.

“Wickliffe is always fun to play, and they are now a top squad, so it was very encouraging to see our team step up and really play some good soccer,” he said. “We did what we wanted to do against a very quality opponent. Our team, a mix of experienced and inexperienced players, brought intensity and discipline, which allowed us to have some things go the way we wanted for much of the match.”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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