Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wickliffe rides momentum to second win

Wickliffe struggled early on its non-conference win over visiting Beaumont on Monday but once the Blue Devils got their offense going they cruised to a 7-0 win.

Caitlyn Henderson and Jenna Melaragno both scored two goals in the win while Joelle Banks and Mia Wilms each found the net once. The Blue Devils also benefitted from an own goal.

“We were able to persevere through an initial lag and find a way to begin scoring by playing through the ball and finding the back of the net,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “Our second goal was a major momentum swing in the 32nd minute. After going 20 scoreless minutes against a tough defense, we scored twice in the next four minutes to give us a larger lead going into halftime.”

Wickliffe (2-0) led 3-0 at halftime.

Morgan Gabriel contributed with two assists and Kaylee Lauriel recorded one save.

“This was a big character win for us,” Gribovicz said. “We weren’t able to find success with the initial plan and the athletes took charge on the field to find ways to score. This should go a long way to building momentum going into conference play.”

Wickliffe hosts Independence on Thursday.

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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