GIRLS SOCCER: Panthers’ 7-0 bite puts end to season

By Erik Andrews - For the News-Tribune

Fresh off their first ever victory in the state tournament — a 4-3 triumph over Lake Ridge Academy — Oberlin looked to extend that run against top-seeded Elyria Catholic in the girls soccer sectional finals.

Playing on their home turf, though, the Panthers controlled play from the outset and vanquished the Phoenix 7-0.

Oberlin goalie Selena Santiago was under siege throughout the contest, turning away close range attempts before the Panthers attack finally put one to the back of the net in the eighth minute.

Elyria Catholic added insurance goals in the 10th, 17th, 21st, and 22nd minutes to take a 5-0 lead into the break. Two tallies in the second half set the final mark at 7-0.

The Phoenix close the season at 5-12-1 overall and 0-8-1 in Patriot Athletic Conference play.

Coach Becky Lahetta said she is pleased that the team established a new program milestone with the tournament victory over Lake Ridge and hopes to build on that next season.

The Oberlin team will miss its five seniors — Maxine Baggett-Redd, Nora Cavanaugh, Kiah Fields, Hallie Kenney, and Cameron Payne — who have provided leadership and maturity both on the field and off.

“We look forward to recognizing their many contributions throughout their careers at our post-season celebration,” Lahetta said. “And we look forward to the current juniors and sophomores as we begin our off-season training and skill programs in preparation for next year.”

By Erik Andrews

For the News-Tribune