Washington gets first girls soccer win in three years

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports Editor


CENTERVILLE ? It finally happened. It was long overdue. The last time it happened was almost exactly three years ago.

The Washington High School girls soccer team got a victory Monday for the first time since May 15, 2015 when it won at Columbus 3-1.

Not only did the Demons win, they won big and they won on the road, taking a 10-0 mercy win from Centerville.

Callyn Mason, the Washington head coach who got the job three games into this season, was ecstatic for her team.

?I just have such an overwhelming feeling of pride, I couldn?t be happier for them!? she said. ?They put the work in and now they get to feel the payoff.?

The Demons have been working hard and although the improvement has been obvious on the field, it just hadn?t resulted in a victory, until now.

The match wasn?t yet three minutes old when Bailey Bryant put the first mark on the scoreboard for the Demons. It seemed to open the gates and the goals flooded in with a 7-0 score at the half.

?It was an amazing night and the girls played fantastic,? Mason said. ?There was lots of great passing and great movement all over the field.?

Halle Leyden, a sophomore, was a force that Centerville could not contain as she netted four goals on the night.

Bryant added another goal and fellow sophomores Brandi Medrano and Abby Voss each had one.

Senior Alexis Edwards found the back of the net and freshman Taylor Brinning, who usually plays defense, scored the 10th goal to make it a mercy game at 11:31 in the second half.

?We can?t get cocky,? Mason said. ?We know we?ve got a tough few games coming up but now they?ve proven they can do it, which is fantastic.?

Senior Jessica Hora also had a few shots on goal as did freshman Trina Griffin.

?This team needed this win and deserved it with the work they?ve been putting in this season,? Mason said. ?(Today) we start with a few more hard practices so that we can take this win into our game against Fairfield on Thursday night and then next Thursday is the first round against Mount Vernon.?

Washington had lost, 4-0, to Columbus at Columbus Junction Friday but now have a 1-11 record.

?Columbus was a very tough physical team with a lot of speed,? Mason said.

Olivia Pacha had 15 saves in the goal against Columbus Friday and one save against Centerville.