Friday, December 9, 2022

Wickliffe tops South in non-conference affair

Mia Welms and Jaina Buttari both scored goals to lead Wickliffe to a 2-1 nonconference win at South on Saturday.

The Blue Devils, who improved to 7-3-3 overall, played well as a team in one of its final tune-ups for the postseason.

“The team played hard in this game, really getting back to what has served us well in years past,” Wickliffe coach Steve Gribovicz said. “The goals came within the flow of the game and were built on connecting passes using the whole field.”

Wickliffe led 1-0 at halftime.

“I think the first goal was a real confidence boost that helped give us momentum,” Gribovicz said. “The defense and midfield had a few nice string passes to get the ball upfield and Morgan Gabriel sent in a beautiful cross from the right sideline to Mia Welms who finished it with a header in front of goal.”

Buttari and South’s Katie Mann both scored goals in the second half. Jaime Orndoff set up Buttari’s goal.

Kaylee Lauriel recorded nine saves for the Blue Devils while her South counterpart, Sarah Turniski, finished the match with seven saves.

With the win, the Blue Devils closed out a busy two-week stretch with four wins and a lot of confidence heading down the stretch.

“This was a big win as we finished off our three-game week at 2-0-1 and our busiest stretch in the season of six games in 13 days at 4-1-1,” Gribovicz said. “We are beginning to play some of our best soccer of the season the past two games, so hopefully it continues to get better into October to finish off the season and lead us into the playoffs playing at a high level.”

Wickliffe hosts Berkshire on Tuesday.

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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