In a year of rebuilding for the Waverly Lady Tigers on the football field, a win and a draw came in recent action.
After playing their first five football games without tasting victory, the Waverly Lady Tigers broke through at Portsmouth West with a 7-0 triumph on September 9.
In that game, Emma Davis led the charge with a three-goal hat trick. Morgan Crabtree, Lauren Murphy, Ariane Davis and Abby Green had one each. Murphy and Katy Helton also provided assistance.
“It was a big win for us,” Waverly Girls head coach Luke Purpero said of the game in West. “We’re better than where we started. We put pressure on the ball and get more turmoil from our players.
After losing seven players at graduation last year, including the team’s top scorers, Waverly is a young team this year with just four seniors, including Katie Walker, Elani Schiller, Trinity Shell and Savanna Johnson. Walker is the only four-year-old college player. Shell and Johnson are new to the squad this year, while Schiller is back after taking time off. This group is followed by four juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen.
Following the win over West, Purpero hoped his young Lady Tigers could continue on the path to success with a second straight win on Tuesday night against Northwest. The Lady Tigers lost 2-1 at Northwest on August 26. In that game, Morgan Crabtree scored Waverly’s only goal.
In Tuesday’s second leg at Raidiger Field in Waverly, the two sides fought for 80 minutes, eventually coming out of the game with a 0-0 draw. Crabtree nearly scored a goal early in the game, moving away from the defense. However, she was injured in a collision with a Northwest defenseman and the goalie. In the goal, Waverly rookie Abby Green played the first half, while Izzy Hauck was in the net for the second half.
Tuesday’s tie gave Waverly a 1-1-5 overall record.
“It’s definitely an improvement for us,” Purpero said. “We were hoping for victory tonight (over the North West). I think there were just a lot of things that were taken into account, like 50-50 balls.
The Lady Tigers traveled to Ironton to face St. Joseph on Thursday night, suffering a 7-0 loss in a game Purpero knew to be a tough game.
Then Waverly will head to the Gallia Academy on Saturday. A road game in Wheelersburg will follow on Thursday.