Prep soccer: New Philly girls run past MHS, 5-0

DEVOLA – New Philadelphia dominated on both ends of the field Tuesday evening at Devola Soccer Complex as the Lady Quakers blanked Marietta 5-0 in an East Central Ohio League matchup.

Lauren Ramey recorded a hat trick for New Philly scoring once in the first half and twice in the second half. Karli-Ann Sanders and Emily Ramey accounted for the other two Quaker scores.

New Philadelphia seemed to control the ball the majority of the match, a big reason they triumphed over the Jeff Price-coached Lady Tigers.

“Offensively, we need to keep possession of the ball more,” Price said. “We put too much on our defense. They can’t keep people out forever. We just need to possess the ball more.”

Defensively, Marietta keeper Nora Gulick was out with an ankle injury and several other players were out sick, leaving some inexperienced players to try and fill the void. The Quakers were able to take advantage.

“The girls played well,” said New Philly head coach Brian Rotunno. “We had a couple breakdowns in the back, so a few things we need to straighten out.”

Lauren Ramey got the scoring started in the 14th minute of the contest. A shot from the left corner deflected off Marietta keeper Shae Hutchison and Ramey was there to clean it up for the score.

With 5:28 left in the first half, Sanders attempted a lengthy shot. The kick started off from the right side of the net and curved to the left side for a goal, putting the Quakers up 2-0.

Marietta’s Katie Miller came close to making it a one-goal deficit with 30 seconds remaining in the half. Miller beat the final New Philly defender and had the keeper leaning but her shot attempt bounced off the left post, and the Quaker defense was able to escape trouble going into halftime.

“That’s big because a goal is an emotional lift. To miss it is not,” Price said. “We’re close a lot of times to finishing it, but we just haven’t done it. Actually (Miller) did a better job, it just hit the pole. But she had the keeper beat, which is a good thing.”

Lauren Ramey put the game out of reach in the second half, scoring her second goal in the 53rd minute and later connecting on a free kick for a goal in the 64th minute to complete the hat trick.

Emily Ramey rounded out the scoring with just over four minutes to play, booting a shot just over Hutchison’s fingertips for the fifth Quaker goal of the match.

New Philadelphia (7-0-2) attempted 13 shots compared to five shots on goal for Marietta (2-8). Hutchison saved six shots for the Tigers while April Blackwell made a pair of saves for the Quakers.

MHS will try to rebound with a victory at Philo Saturday at 2 p.m.