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COLUMBUS — The rain held off until after the Kenton girls soccer team’s matchup with Liberty-Benton at Columbus Crew Stadium on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Lady Wildcats, the storm that came pouring in was from a Liberty-Benton squad that knocked home four goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and six in the first half on the way to a 9-0 win.
The Wildcats drop to 3-3 on the season.
“We knew going in that Liberty-Benton was a quality squad and they’re very deep and skilled,” Kenton coach Mark Schwemer said. “But we didn’t expect a result like that. We struggled a little. But it was a good experience and I thought we improved as the match went on.”
Jessie Selhorst had three goals, all in the first 10 minutes, to lead the Eagles, who improve to 2-1-1 on the season.
Kenton goalkeeper Jessica Boone had 9 saves as the Wildcats were outshot 18-1 in the contest.
The Wildcats lone shot on goal came when Ally Whitaker got past the Eagle defense on a one-on-one opportunity about 20 minutes into second half. Her rolling shot was stopped by the Eagle keeper.
The openness of the bigger field was something that seemed to play to the Eagles’ advantage, as they were able to find more space in their passing game.
“They like to drive to the corners and pass the ball and we got into a little bit of a game where we would chase a little bit and that gave them more space,” the KHS coach said. “When you have a team that can find that open player like they did today, it really presented some scoring opportunities and they cashed in on just about every opportunity they had.”
The Wildcat mentor said that all in all he felt it was a good experience for his squad to have the opportunity to play at Crew Stadium.
“I think the girls enjoyed it and I think the parents enjoyed it,” Schwemer said.
The Wildcats host Van Wert on Thursday.
By KENDRICK JESIONOWSKI
Times sports editor