Lady Jays Blank Parkway South

Washington’s Martha Noelker, left, and Parkway South’s Emily Wilson pursue the ball during soccer action at Washington High School. The Lady Jays defeated Parkway South, 2-0.

Returning to action on its home turf, Washington registered a 2-0 girls soccer win Wednesday over Parkway South.

The Lady Jays (4-2) netted one goal in each half to improve to 3-0 at home this season.

“We played pretty well. It was a good win. Parkway South is a good team and very well coached,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann. “I thought after the first seven or eight minutes, we took over and never allowed Parkway South to be dangerous for the rest of the game.”

Halee Nurnberger put the Lady Jays on the scoreboard with a goal in the first half on an assist from Bailey Carico.

“Halee’s goal was scored as a result of good pressure put on their defender by Salena (Pottebaum),” Lanemann said. “Bailey then sent a good pass to Halee, who did a real nice job finishing the chance.”

Washington’s second goal was scored by freshman Cassidy Nurnberger on an assist from her older sister, Halee Nurnberger.

“The second goal was one of the nicer goals we’ve scored so far this season,” Lanemann said. “Again we used our speed off the wing to score the goal. Halee sent in a great through ball to Cassidy, who just outran the defender and the goalie to score a really nice goal.”

Mary McGilvray registered the shutout in goal for Washington.

“Mary played really well in goal, earning her second shutout,” Lanemann said. “Mary was tested a couple of times. She made a great save in the second half when it was just a 1-0 game that kept Parkway South from tying the game. The South player hit a very good shot that was headed for the top corner. Mary got over and punched the ball over the goal.”

Lanemann said McGilvray has improved in goal as a result of her work ethic.

“Mary has been working very hard,” Lanemann said. “Her work has paid off for her.”

Washington’s ability to move the ball was key in the victory.

“I liked the way we moved the ball in transition. Our speed on the wings really hurt them. Halee and Salena did a real good job of creating space and chances for our midfield,” Lanemann said. “Overall, all of the girls played really well.”

Washington also received solid play from its midfielders, which included Brianna Pagan, Arika Elliott, Cassidy Nurnberger, Martha Noelker, Megan Kalish and Bailey Carico.

Leading the defensive effort were Ashton Leslie, Savannah Thibault, Sierra Thibault, Jenna Barnhart and Tyelar Steiger.

The Lady Jays’ game Thursday against Warrenton was rained out. A rescheduled date has not been announced.

In the GAC Central, the Lady Jays currently stand with a 1-0 record with a win over Ft. Zumwalt North in their season opener.