By Rob Kiser
HUBER HEIGHTS — From the start, this was not the girls soccer season Piqua coach Flo Loisy anticipated.
Senior Forward Liz Duer had an ACL injury before the season started — keeper Reynna Lavey was lost to the same injury in the opening game and litany of injuries followed after that, including senior Elizabeth Butt.
None of that made Loisy feel a whole lot better when the season ended at Heidkamp Stadium Monday night with a 3-0 loss to a speedy Wayne team that was seeded fifth in the sectional and improved 11-6-0 overall.
Piqua closed the season at 4-13-0.
“We had to deal with a number of situations this year,” Loisy said. “Injuries are part of the story, but they are not the whole story. We had a lot of talented girls. By any standard, I think you have to look at four wins as underachieving.”
Chloe Clark was in goal for the first time since the Vandalia-Butler game when she was injured — and despite fielding a barrage of shots, did what she could to keep Wayne off the board.
The Lady Warriors first goal came at the 30:37 mark of the first half.
Chiara Baker sent a ball down from near midfield, that Sommer Donnelly quickly turned into a 1v1 and drilled the ball into the net.
“We talked about how important the 50-50 balls would be,” Loisy said. “In the first half, I think we got eight and they got 30, which isn’t even close to half. The girl (Chiara Baker) turned on the ball and the other girls (Sommer Donnelly) did a great job finishing.”
Both Wayne goals after that were similar.
Destiny Bohamon finished with 6:39 to go in the first half and Alexcis Jordan made it 3-0 with 37:12 remaining in the game.
In both cases, they took long balls from Armani Dortch and Randa Richards that put Clark in a no-win situation and chipped them over her for goals.
“Chloe (Clark) did the right thing by coming out,” Loisy said. “Both of those girls (Destiny Bohman, Alexcis Jordan) are sprinters on the track team. They are both really fast and we knew that was going to be a problem tonight.”
Piqua managed just one corner kick and three shots in the game.
While Loisy was disappointed with the season, he saw some positives.
“We have some nice pieces coming back,” he said. “Grace Jennings and Maddie Hilleary are nice players. Claire Bim-Merle and Hailey McPherson played almost every minute as freshman. Chloe Clark will get the proper training and come back as our keeper next year. We do have a lot of talented players coming back.
“But, we also have some seniors that we are really going to miss. Amy Burt is a great offensive player. Brooke Bubb never quit and always played hard. We are going to miss what Riley Branson and Sierra Miller did out there for us. We are losing some key pieces as well.”
Loisy and the Lady Indians can only hope they lose the injury bug as well.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.