Playing its second girls soccer road contest to start the season, Washington scored the first four goals and registered a 4-1 victory Thursday at Pacific High School.
The Lady Jays (2-0) led 2-0 at halftime and added two more goals during the second half.
“The girls gave a good effort. We just didn’t play smart at times,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann. “We didn’t possess the ball the way we are capable of. Instead, we played very direct and kept putting the ball in the middle of the Pacific defense, making it harder on ourselves.”
Washington’s offense put pressure on Pacific throughout the contest, testing Lady Indians’ sophomore goalie Sydney Drysdale, who made 21 saves.
“Sydney did a great job in goal. Washington put up several shots,” said Pacific Head Coach Sarah Schultz. “The girls played well against a tough team. We have been working on new formations and having to adjust quickly.”
Anna Kelpe played the entire game in goal for Washington, collecting one save.
Halee Nurnberger led the Lady Jays’ offensive attack with two goals and one assist on seven shots. She now has three goals in the first two games of the season.
Arika Elliott finished the match with one goal and two assists on five shots.
Martha Noelker scored one goal on five shots.
Liz Brinkmann added one assist on two shots.
Nurnberger and Noelker scored Washington’s first-half goals.
The Lady Jays made it 4-0 in the second half on goals by Nurnberger and Elliott.
“We did get 25 shots on goal and many within 10 yards of the goal,” Lanemann said. “We just didn’t finish our chances. There were far too many shots directly at the goalie. We did not show good composure with the ball 15 yards and in.”
Pacific (0-2) got on the board when freshman Cheyenne Jennings scored on an assist from Morgan Webb.
Washington has put together a pair of solid defensive games to start the season.
“Our defense played pretty well, except for the last 10 minutes of the game when we gave up the Pacific goal,” Lanemann said. “We had our only defensive breakdown of the game and Pacific made us pay.”