Washington returned to GAC Central girls soccer competition Tuesday with a 5-0 loss at Ft. Zumwalt East.

The Lady Lions (7-7, 3-1) led 2-0 at halftime and added three goals in the second half.

“It was one of those games where if something could go wrong, it did,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann. “We had a couple of starters out with injuries and then a couple more get injured during the game. We gave up a couple of soft goals, missed our marks at times and couldn’t finish.”

The Lady Jays (9-5-1, 2-3) still took positives from the game.

“Through it all, the girls never quit working, which says a lot about my girls,” Lanemann said. “In a game like that, when things aren’t going your way and you are down by that many goals, it’s easy to mail it in and just get the game over with. My girls did not do that. They kept fighting and working hard.”

Anna Kelpe was in goal for Washington. Mary McGilvray took over in the second half.

Danielle Schmitz, Miranda Huebner, Janie Booth, Kelly Etherton and Emily Prier each scored a goal for Ft. Zumwalt East.

Raechel Favuzza played the first 70 minutes in goal. Josie Battles took over for the final 10 minutes.

“Ft. Zumwalt East is a good team. They made the most of their opportunities and played very well. They are a very well-coached team,” Lanemann said. “We will put this game behind us and come out ready to take it to Ft. Zumwalt North on Friday.”

Washington hosted Ft. Zumwalt North Friday and plays next week at the CYC Tournament. The Lady Jays take on Oakville in the opening round Monday at 4:15 p.m. at the St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton.