WARREN, Pa. – The Warren girls’ soccer team rebounded quickly from Wednesday’s loss to McDowell with a 2-0 shut out over visiting St. Marys Thursday.
The Lady Dragons controlled possession for most of the first half, but couldn’t solve Lady Dutch keeper Olivia Eckels.
“They were doing good things as far as putting bodies in there,” Warren coach Jeremy Bickling said. “They kind of neutralized Georgie (Bickling) and we weren’t able to put a lot of attacking in the middle.”
That was until Lennon Dailey struck with just over 10 minutes to play in the half.
Dailey got the ball in the center of the field on a pass from Georgie Bickling. Dailey reared back and launched a shot from near the 25 yard line. The ball sailed into the top right corner of the goal for a 1-0 Warren lead.
“That was a fantastic goal by Lennon she’s really come on here late in the season,” Jeremy Bickling said. “We’ve moved her from a defensive position into more of an attacker and she’s really adopted that well.”
A senior, Dailey excelled as a defender for the first three years of her varsity career. Now, she’s starting to excel as a forward as well with nine goals in the Dragons’ last four games.
“That was a move I’ve wanted to make for years to get her up there and it really, it just was a good fit this year based off of, you know personnel injuries, things like that, and she’s done a fantastic job,” Jeremy Bickling said. “Now that she’s on this hot streak I don’t see her changing anything going forward, she’s just gonna have more and more success.”
Dailey’s goal stood as the lone tally as Warren took a 1-0 lead into the half.
Warren nearly got its second goal with just under 16 minutes to play. Audrey Smith fired a shot from the right side that ringed off the crossbar. The ball sailed right to Dailey’s foot and she shot just high.
Less than a minute later, the Dragons got an insurance goal.
Georgie Bickling passed to Smith who took the ball down the right side and shot from a sharp angle. The ball just caught the inside corner of the far post to make it 2-0.
“I think the girls were creating opportunities,” Jeremy Bickling said. “You know, you start missing a few you know that something’s about to pop as long as you can keep working really hard at the goal. The girls did a good job tonight. I was super happy with our possession, possession is going to create opportunities.”
St. Marys nearly got on the board less than two minutes later. The Lady Dutch had a free kick from just outside the 20. The kick was headed toward the far post but bent in and down. Warren keeper Alyssa Andersen was able to stay square and make the save.
Warren has three big games left in the regular season, beginning with a trip to Erie on Tuesday.
“Hopefully we should just move forward with that game take care of (Erie) and then Bradford next week,” Jeremy Bickling said. “You know, we’ve got another big matchup. Fort LeBoeuf’s undefeated right now and we’re excited to have them at home next Saturday.”