CALCUTTA - The Clippers clipped the Beavers.
The Columbiana girls soccer team scored a goal late in the second half en route to a hard fought 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Beaver Local.
With the win, Columbiana gets over the .500 mark and improves to 5-4 on the season. With the loss, Beaver Local remains winless on the season at 0-11.
Beaver Local’s France McPeek brings the ball up field against Columbiana on Saturday. Also seen is teammate is Betty Richey (17). (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"It was a tough loss," Beaver Local girls' head coach Liz Connor said. "We have had a rough year. After losing nine senior starters, we are still trying to build as a team and getting to know where each other is going to be."
Skye Kramer recorded two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Clippers, and Kayla Proya added one.
Tori Drago made nine saves in goal for the Clippers.
"It was a good game," Columbiana head coach Darcy Quinlan said. "We were a sloppy in the first half, but we played better in the second half."
Betty Richey and Alex Eisenhart each tallied goals for the Beavers. Richey's goal was unassisted, while Eisenhart's came on a penalty kick.
Maranda Kiddey made seven saves in goal for Beaver Local.
After the Clippers scored the go-ahead goal, the Beavers pushed forward in an attempt to score the equalizer. Beaver Local got off a couple of shots, but Drago and the Columbiana defense stepped up and kept the Beavers off of the scoreboard to preserve the victory in what was a very-physical affair.
"I didn't know anything about Beaver Local going into the game," Quinlan said. "We just try to prepare the best we can and go from there."
Both teams are scheduled to return the field Monday.
Columbiana is slated to play at Springfield, while Beaver Local is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at Niles. There will be a junior varsity game as well as a varsity game.