Thursday, October 6, 2022

Wickliffe survives at Perry

Caitlyn Henderson’s second half goal led Wickliffe to a 1-0 win at Chagrin Valley Conference rival Perry on Thursday.

It also helped the Blue Devils preserve its undefeated season.

“This was a hard fought victory for our team,” said Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz. “The intensity in the second half helped us take a lead late in the game to secure the victory.”

Henderson’s goal came off a corner kick in the 73rd minute.

“The ball was sent in well by Morgan Gabriel and pin-balled around in the box,” Gribovicz said. “Caitlyn Henderson was in the right spot to find the back of the net.”

Until Thursday, Wickliffe hadn’t been tested as the Blue Devils had outscored their previous four opponents, 23-1.

With their one-goal win at Perry, the Blue Devils proved they have what it takes to pull out wins in pressure-packed situations.

“The seniors really picked up the intensity in the second half,” Gribovicz said. “The rest of the girls fed off of it and played hard. I am proud of this team for the way they continued to play with effort throughout the whole game.”

Kaylee Lauriel recorded three saves for Wickliffe while Perry’s Angela Vicini blocked six shots on goal.

Wickliffe, who improved to 5-0, travels to Cuyahoga Heights on Sept. 6. Perry dropped to 0-2-1. The Pirates travel to Cornerstone Christian Academy on Wednesday.

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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