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ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Sydney Wober and sophmore Kenia Medina scored 2 goals each Friday night to lead East Bladen to an 8-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill in the Lady Eagles season opener.

Wober lit up the scoreboard quickly with a goal in the first 15 seconds of play. Freshman Maya McDonald knocked in a volley off of a corner kick from senior Ashley Hardin in the third minute of play for a 2-0 East lead.

Five minutes later junior Patience Ward sent a slotted pass to Medina who turned the assist into a goal and a 3-0 lead. Sophmore Katie Evans was fouled in the box four minutes later and fired in the penalty kick to boost the margin to 4-0.

Wober opened the scoring in the second half with her second goal of the game 8 minutes after halftime. Hardin drilled in a free kick from 30 yards out in the 57th minute as the lead grew to 6-0.

Seven minutes later Wallace-Rose Hill capitalized on a Lady Eagle misclear to score their only goal of the game.

Medina answered that goal moments later taking a feed from Hardin and beating the keeper with her shot that pushed the lead to 7-1. Two minutes later Ward capped the scoring converting a pass from Hardin into a goal.

“I thought the game went well,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Despite the weather and field conditions, our energy and intensity was pretty high.”

Hardin totaled 3 assists in the game, and Ward and Wober contributed one assist each. East Bladen outshot the Lady Bulldogs 23-0 in the first half and 36-3 for the game.

“We showed glimpses of greatness,” continued Raynor. “We played some good soccer and knocked the ball around. The ideas and thoughts were there. The execution at times wasn’t there but we can fix that. Even on a sloppy field we made some great plays, moved the ball well, and played for each other.”

Raynor concluded, “We will continue to work on the chemistry piece and getting the ball to the 9 a little quicker. Unfortunately we get to do so jumping right into conference.”

East Bladen will travel to St. Pauls Monday night to open Three Rivers Conference play.