Lady Dragons score early and often in win over Franklin
Firing on all cylinders.
That’s the only way to describe the Warren Lady Dragons’ offense on Tuesday, as they erupted for 11 goals in an 11-0 victory over visiting Franklin at War Memorial Field.
Warren (3-2 overall, 2-1 Region 6) got a big effort from Kyra Wotorson and Kyleigh Wilson offensively. Wotorson erupted for five goals, while Wilson had three in the victory. Mikaala Deppen, MJ Fadale and Ella Ordiway also found the back of the net for the Lady Dragons.
“It’s hard to believe that we could lose what we lost last year and then come back and be better,” said Warren coach Jeremy Bickling, referring to his team’s offensive firepower.
That scoring prowess was on display early, as the Lady Dragons scored three goals in the first seven minutes – two from Wotorson and the other from Wilson, with Fadale notching two early assists.
That was it until under a minute to go in the half, when Wotorson recorded a hat trick courtesy of a great setup from Sawyer Mohney.
Still, there was much more in the tank.
“I thought we were a little relaxed in the first half, not really playing our style of tempo,” Bickling said. “We adjusted at halftime and played the style that we wanted to them. They need to be disciplined to understand what we’re trying to do and use these games at opportunities.”
The Wotorson and Wilson show continued, as both scored early in the second half, Wilson notching an assist on Wotorson’s goal.
The onslaught continued when Fadale and Ordiway scored to make it 8-0 midway through the second half.
Wotorson and Wilson each added an additional goal over the final 20 minutes, and Deppen capped the scoring with just under four minutes
Defensively, Warren was rarely tested but up to the challenge when they were.
“It’s funny, four years ago, defense was always what we were working on and trying to improve and find an identity,” Bickling said. “For the last two years they’ve been super solid. I credit Emily (Egger) and Lennon (Dailey) and even our midfield, Brooklynn (Neureiter) and Jess (Susz). They were super strong.”
There was no JV contest.
The Lady Dragons return to action on Wednesday at Oil City.