SIDNEY — The Sidney High girls soccer team pulled away from visiting Fairborn and posted a 5-1 victory in the season opener Monday night at the SHS soccer field.
The Lady Jackets, who are coming off a league title and a trip to the sectional finals a year ago, are back in action on Wednesday at home against Xenia in another Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game.
Sidney got off to a quick start, scoring just four minutes into the game when Ashley Egan sent a ball across to Emily Wiesenmayer, who took a touch toward the goal and finished for a 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, a corner kick that ricocheted off the post was headed in by Erin Ivey for a 2-0 lead.
“We maintained possession through the rest of the half, but we were unable to finish any other attempts,” said Sidney coach Stacey Goffena.
Sidney was caught on their heels at the start of the second half, and Fairborn sent a girl through the middle that was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. It was good and cut the lead to 2-1.
‘I was very frustrated after the penalty kick,” said Goffena. “I didn’t think it was the right call and we had dominated the entire game and were only up 2-1. But I’m proud of how the girls responded to the situation.”
Sidney came back with three more goals, the first being by Ivey again off another corner kick, this one deflected by Fairborn.
At 26 minutes remaining, a ball off the post went to a wide open Keaton Eilert, who was able to put it in the open net.
The last goal came at 18 minutes remaining. Adrianne Miller found Wiesenmayer in front of the goal for her second of the night.
“I thought we played well for our first game,” said Goffena. “We still have some things we need to work out before heading into the tough part of our schedule, but I’m seeing some good things out of some underclassmen, which is always a plus. And my seniors are getting it done.”