Prep soccer: Barnes’ 4 goals lead Warren past Logan
VINCENT – Warren sophomore Raeli Barnes spent much of the first half of Monday evening’s game against Logan flirting with a goal, only to come up a little short on each attempt.
Barnes finally found the back of the net with 12 minutes to play in the first half and then went on to score three more goals in the second half as the Lady Warriors drubbed the Lady Chieftans 7-2 at Warren High School.
“We were really focused and everybody was out there helping each other,” said Barnes of her hat trick, plus one. “We were making a lot of good passes and pushed it. It kind of took us awhile to get it going but we finally did.”
Warren was on the offensive for the majority of the first half as the royal blue and white fired 19 shots on goal in the compared to just two for Logan.
Raelyn Gardner appeared to be on her way to getting the Warriors on the board with 10 minutes gone in the game but was tripped up from behind.
Hayley McPherson converted on the ensuing penalty kick to give Warren the 1-0 lead.
Some 16 minutes later Gardner broke free and beat the Logan goal keeper for the second goal of the half.
It would take Warren less than two minutes to strike gold once again as Barnes connected on her first goal of the game from the left side of the net to send the Warriors to intermission leading by a 3-0 count.
Logan showed some signs of life early in the second half when with just three minutes gone Nicole Wilcox drilled a kick just over the arms of Warren keeper Kayla Maze to trim the lead to 3-1.
Barnes and the rest of the Lady Warriors put to rest any idea of a Lady Chieftan comeback however as the sophomore scored the equivalent of a hat trick in a little over 10 minutes of play.
Gardner assisted Barnes’ second goal of the game with 32:30 to play in the game and less than a minute later Barnes was again the beneficiary of a nifty assist from Natalie O’Dell to increase the lead to 5-1. Barnes completed her big night with her fourth goal of the game, this one ricocheting of the side of the goal and into the net to increase the lead to five.
“Raeli was impressive, she was really comfortable,” said Warren head coach Ekrem Eski. “We were just able to dominate them there for awhile and it seemed like every time we wanted to get to the goal we could.”
The five goal lead enabled Eski to empty his bench early in the second half as every member of the Lady Warrior team got to see at least some playing time.
Abby Ida capped the scoring for Warren by finding the back of the net with less than 12 minutes to play in the game.
Logan got a late goal from Morgan Robinette to trim the lead to 7-2 as Logan went down to their second defeat in their first three games.
The Lady Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season and Eski hoped that his girls could use that game as a tuneup for match ups later in the week against Athens and Jackson.
“I’m pleased so far with the way we have played,” said Eski of his squad. “Athens could be a tough team and Jackson I know will be a tough team, so we will have to play our best.”
Warren will travel to Athens on Thursday to open up South Eastern Ohio Athletic League play against the Lady Bulldogs.