Home field wasn’t an advantage for Wyoming East.
Nicholas County scored four first half goals and went on to beat the Lady Warriors in soccer, 6-2, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at New Richmond.
It was the last home match of the year for East, which dropped to 6-4.
The first few minutes were played in front of the student body.
“I think the girls were excited about playing in front of a big crowd,” said East coach Terri Blake. “But the game started late, and when the students left (to catch their buses), I think it made a lot of difference.
The Grizzlies scored the first three goals, the last two in a one-minute span.
Hannah Walls put the Warriors on the board when she knocked a rebound off her own first attempt home with 14:35 showing.
Nicholas answered a few minutes later to stretch the lead to back to three.
East was aggressive in the last minutes before halftime and narrowly missed on a couple of tries. A Hannah Saunders shot glanced off the right side of the goal.
NC would go up 6-1 to put the match out of reach in the second half.
Hope McNeely had a nice goal for WEHS at the 5:55 mark, booming a 20-yard left angle kick over a leaping Grizzly goalie.
“Nicholas is physical, but we knew that and were prepared for it,” Blake noted.
The Warriors finish the regular season with four road games.
“Overall, I think we’re improving,” Blake stated.
“The biggest thing we need is a strong seventh and eighth grade feeder program,” she added. “If you don’t have a feeder program, it’s hard to be competitive with schools who do.”
East plays at Midland Trail on Oct. 1 and at Greenbrier East on Oct. 4.