EAST LIVERPOOL - The Potters split with the Beavers.
The East Liverpool and Beaver Local boys' and girls soccer teams renewed their rivalry Monday at Mangano Field in a girls and boys doubleheader.
In the opener, Ashley Click contributed two goals to lead the Potter girls to a 3-1 victory over the Beavers. In the nightcap, Beaver Local blanked East Liverpool, 6-0.
East Liverpool’s Brean Partezana (21) and Gretchen Dietz celebrate after goal against Beaver Local Monday at Mangano Field. (Photo courtesy Jimmy Joe Savage)
Also for the East Liverpool girls, Sarah Guildoo delivered one goal and two assists, Gretchen Dietz delivered one goal and one assist and Brean Partezana added an assist.
Chelsea Possage made nine saves in goal.
The Potters are now 2-1 on the season.
"This was a really big game for us," first-year East Liverpool head coach Katie Smith said. "Our seniors had never beaten Beaver Local before in their careers. This is a step in the right direction for the East Liverpool soccer program."
The six seniors on the Potters' roster are Guildoo, Dietz, Partezana, Nicole Talbott, Kelsey Diddle and Sarah Morrell. Talbott, Dietz and Diddle are the team's three captains.
"We had 26 shots on goal," Smith said. "I really have to give kudos to our defense. They really held tight near the goal line."
The Beavers are now 0-2 on the season.
East Liverpool's next game is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Indian Creek.
Beaver Local's next game is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Canfield.
"I'm really proud of my girls," Smith said. "We're doing great. We are looking forward to our next game."
In the boys' game, Garrett Speelman tallied a hat trick to lead the Beavers past the Potters.
Also for Beaver Local (2-0), Chase Hilliard delivered two goals and one assist, Brian Jackson netted a goal and DeShawn Parker, Austin Taylor, John Tomlinson, Joey Sitarik and Preston Reese all recorded assists.
"The kids possessed the ball well," first-year Beaver Local head coach Mike Hilliard said.
Beaver Local goalie Logan Andrews did not have to make a victory in securing the shutout victory.
"Beaver Local is a good team," first-year East Liverpool (1-3-1) head coach Zack Kinsey said. "They have six seniors. They made the Elite 8 last year."
Kevin Bankes made 25 saves in goal for the Potters (1-3-1).
"They are a good team, but we didn't back down," Kinsey said. "We never gave up. Kevin played real well in goal. We never gave up. I'm proud of them for keeping their heads up. We have to get ready for our next game."
East Liverpool plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Clairsville.
"We played on turf before at Oak Glen, so our kids are used to it," Kinsey said. "I said before this is the toughest part of our schedule that we are going into."
Kinsey added it is tough losing a game to a rival.
"Yeah, it is, but it was a good learning experience for the kids. Our kids were fired up. Their kids were fired up. It is always a good showdown against our rival. They are a really good team."
Beaver Local's next game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Glen.