Northwest girls soccer falls at Waverly, 8-0

The Northwest Mohawks traveled up U.S. 23 North to battle the Waverly Tigers on Tuesday evening in Waverly.

The Mohawks (2-3) fell to Waverly (3-1) by a final score of 8-0 after trailing by a score of 7-0 at halftime.

Waverly opened up the scoring when sophomore Kaylee Spencer put the Tigers on the board with 37:35 left to play in the opening half.

Freshman Loren Moran added another goal several minutes later at the 32:29 mark to push Waverly in front by a 2-0 count.

The Tigers were able to advance the lead further when junior Lauren Snodgrass found freshman Zoiee Smith to make the score 3-0 at the 26:57 minute of the first half.

Moran added her second goal to put Waverly up 4-0 with 19:10 left before halftime.

With just five minutes before halftime, the Tigers were able to attack the Mohawks and add to their lead. Senior Hailey Hauck scored with 4:48 left in the half.

Smith found junior Breanna Murphy with 2:13 before the break to put Waverly on top 6-0. The Tigers added another goal with just 29 seconds before halftime as Smith scored again to give Waverly a 7-0 lead heading in to the second half.

In the second half, Northwest was able to step up defensively and held Waverly to just one second half goal. Tiger sophomore Kailey Clark scored on an assist from sophomore Taylor Blakeman with 8:20 left to play to make the margin 8-0 in favor of Waverly, the eventual final score of the match.

Northwest head coach Tim Amburgey knew this match could present problems for his squad. “Waverly is a very well coached team,” Amburgey said. “They move the ball as well as anybody we’ve played yet this season, and are probably one of the better teams in our district.”

For Waverly, their head coach Chris Murphy was pleased with the way his team performed against the Mohawks. “Today, it finally started coming together,” Murphy said. “We’ve had a little bit of a slow start trying to figure it out because we’re extremely young.”

It was a balanced scoring attack for the Tigers, as six different players scored for Waverly. Murphy said that this match was huge for his team’s confidence considering their inexperience.

“Tonight we were able to get a diverse amount of shooting, instead of one or two people, so that builds confidence in the others which I’m really glad to see,” Murphy said about his scoring distribution.

Ahead on the horizon for Northwest, they’ll face off with Wheelersburg on Thursday evening. The matchup with the Pirates expects to be a tough contest for the Mohawks, and Amburgey is looking forward to the challenge for his girls and what’s left to come in the season.

“We’ve got a couple tough matches coming up, the next two games, and after that our schedule eases up a little bit and we’ve got a chance hopefully to get our record back to .500 after that,” Amburgey said.

Waverly will welcome Washington Court House to town on Thursday evening.

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Northwest head coach Tim Amburgey gives senior Haleigh Ross some advice on the sideline. head coach Tim Amburgey gives senior Haleigh Ross some advice on the sideline. Ben Spicer | Daily Times

Northwest’s Ellie Curtis races Waverly’s Courtney Boyer for a ball in the open field.’s Ellie Curtis races Waverly’s Courtney Boyer for a ball in the open field. Ben Spicer | Daily Times

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