STEUBENVILLE - One shot is all the Potters needed.
Kelsey Diddle scored a goal from long range in the second half to lead the East Liverpool girls' soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Steubenville Saturday afternoon at Harding Stadium.
With the win, the Potters are now 4-3 on the season.
East Liverpool’s Gretchen Dietz looks to make a pass against Steubenville Saturday afternoon at Harding Stadium. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"Yeah, it was a big win," first-year East Liverpool head coach Katie Smith said. "Kelsey's goal came from the 27-yard line. It is so nice to have her because of her power and her accuracy to make a goal from that far out.
"Our defense really stepped it up in the second half. Sarah Guildoo played an amazing game on defense.
"It was a very-physical game from the start of the game to the finish. We are going to rest up tomorrow and get ready for Minerva on Monday."
Nicole Talbott contributed the assist on Diddle's goal.
Chelsea Possage made 10 saves in goal en route to recording her second shutout of the year.
It took a little bit of time for the Potters to get used to playing on the turf field at Harding.
"Yeah, we played at St. Clairsville and they have turf too," Smith said. "It is was really wet. We came out really flat. We gave the girls a good talking to at halftime, and they came out and played with a lot of heart in the second half."
Big Red controlled the majority of the play in the first half, but the hosts were unable to get one past Possage and the Potters' defense.
"It's such a great feeling for Potters' soccer," Smith said. "I played all four years in high school. We have four wins now, and we have eight games left. We only had four wins all of last season.
"When I took over the program, I wanted to turn the program around and that seems to be what we are doing now."
Smith is a 2002 graduate of East Liverpool.
Lauren Grey made seven saves in goal for Big Red.
"We should have won our first game," Smith said. "We lost to St. Clairsville who is a tough team. If we keep playing with the intensity and heart we have been playing with, there is not a team who is going to beat us."
East Liverpool plays at 7 p.m. Monday against Minerva at Mangano Field.
"Our season is definitely looking up," Smith said.