MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon girls soccer team got off to a slow start Saturday and watched as a strong Westerville Central team took advantage in a 9-0 Warhawk victory at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
The Warhawks got off to the quick start thanks to some good set plays. They scored twice on corner kicks and once off a penalty kick in the first half as they raced out to a 4-0 lead.
“We had some problems with their corner kicks. We just didn’t stay with our marks,” said Mount Vernon coach Vit Streska.
The Yellow Jackets (0-4-1) had trouble getting much offense going, and when they did, they couldn’t get any breaks. Chelsea Boutin hit the right post with a shot as time was winding down in the first half.
Mount Vernon came out fired up to begin the second half, but weren’t able to come up with any goals and Westerville Central was then able to pull away.
“We talked a lot about the mistakes that cost us four goals (in the first half). We played pretty good coming out in the second, but it was little things like the corner kicks and not giving up on the ball,” Streska said. “In the second half it’s tough when you’re down. Mentally, it’s hard to play. We tried to work on the little things like passing.”
The Warhawks turned it back on in the middle of the second half, scoring four goals within seven minutes. They then finished up the scoring with a goal with just two seconds remaining in the game.
Central outshot the Jackets 21-3 on the night and had eight corner kicks to zero for MV.
Yellow Jacket keeper Cerridwen Hastings finished with six saves, while WC keeper Mary Stump had one.
The MV reserve team also struggled, falling 7-0 to Westerville Central.
The Jackets will now travel to Worthington Kilbourne on Tuesday. Junior varsity will start at 5:30 p.m.
“We’ve just got to forget about this game and move on. With Worthington Kilbourne, it doesn’t get any easier,” said Streska.