Lady Jays Win Opener

Washington’s Brianna Pagan moves the ball around Ft. Zumwalt North’s Kylee Pelton during the Lady Jays’ soccer season opener at Washington High School. Pagan scored two goals and added an assist to help the Lady Jays to a 4-2 GAC Central victory.

Washington girls soccer took well to its new turf field.

Playing for the first time on the field after the boys soccer and football squads enjoyed it during the fall, Washington wasted little time taking control of its season opening girls soccer contest against Ft. Zumwalt North.

The Lady Jays (1-0, 1-0) scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the match in a 4-2 GAC Central victory Friday night.

“Defeating Ft. Zumwalt North is a good way to open the season,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann. “I thought overall, everyone played pretty well. We controlled the play for the vast majority of the game and we gave up very few chances.”

Washington’s four goals were scored by three different seniors.

Brianna Pagan got things going by scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes, giving the Lady Jays a 2-0 advantage.

“Brianna really came out playing well,” Lanemann said.

Ft. Zumwalt North got on the scoreboard midway through the first half to make the score 2-1.

The Lady Jays responded on a goal by Halee Nurnberger to increase their lead to 3-1.

Washington took a 3-1 advantage into halftime.

After Ft. Zumwalt North made the score 3-2, Arika Elliott scored to give the Lady Jays their two-goal lead back.

Pagan finished the game with two goals and one assist.

Nurnberger added one goal and two assists.

Elliott had one goal. Salena Pottebaum registered one assist.

Mary McGilvray played all 80 minutes in goal for Washington, collecting six saves.

“Both of their goals were long shots from outside that just found a way to get over Mary’s hands,” Lanemann said.

Lanemann was pleased with Washington’s overall performance.

“I thought all levels, from defense to midfield to the forwards, all had good games,” Lanemann said. “We will continue to work hard and build off the victory.”

In addition to their senior scoring threats, Washington also has a number of other weapons this season.

Overall team depth should be a strength for the Lady Jays.

“We have Salena Pottebaum returning at the forward position, and I fully expect her to play a bigger role in our scoring,” Lanemann said. “Defensively, we have some very solid performers in sweeper Ashton Leslie, stopper Savannah Thibault and wing backs Sierra Thibault and Jenna Barnhart.

“At wing mid, Martha Noelker returns and will definitely figure prominently in scoring. We’ve added a very dynamic player in wing mid Cassidy Nurnberger, who is a freshman. I also will be counting on major contributions in the midfield from Bailey Carico and Megan Kalish, both are returning varsity players.”

Washington hosts Pacific Thursday at 5 p.m. The Lady Jays play Friday and Saturday at the Rolla Tournament.