Local soccer, volleyball teams notch wins

Citizen staff report

The Graham girls’ soccer team took on Southeastern Saturday night for its opening game of the season.

It took the Falcons just over two minutes to strike first with a goal by Natalie Woodward on an assist by Taylor White and Alli Neeld. Woodward would score the next two goals for Graham on assists by White and Katelyn Nash.

The Falcons never looked back, eventually defeating the Trojans by a score of 8-0 before the weather put an end to the contest late in the second half.

Also contributing to the scoreline for the Falcons were White with a pair of goals and Neeld, Nash and Greta Rembold with a goal apiece. Those goals were assisted by Rembold, Alannah Miller, Nash, Neeld and Madison Bryant.

Defensively, Ashton Curnutte made six saves to earn her first shutout of the season.

Hillclimbers win

Urbana defeated London, 8-0, in girls soccer on Saturday.

Cassidy James scored two goals in the first half and Madisyn Horn scored two goals in the second half to lead the attack. Marrissa Horn scored a pair of goals around the intermission, with Sam Tracy and Tessa Armstrong rounding out the scoring with a goal each.

Taje Mack, Horn, Kinleigh White and Zhoe Evans assisted on the scoring.

Urbana out-shot London, 37-0.

“I am very proud of the girls. The offense clicked and the defense was tough, allowing zero shots on goal,” UHS Coach Brandon Deskins said. “We have a young team and its nice to get the first win under our belts.”

Urbana volleyball wins

Urbana defeated Bethel, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, in non-league volleyball on Saturday.

Hunter Rogan had 24 kills for the Hillclimbers and Mackenzie Bean had 11 kills. Olivia Dunham had 16 digs and Taylor Adams had 34 assists and 15 digs.

The UHS jayvee won 25-19, 25-13. Sam Zaborowski had 5 kills and Maddy Johnson had 6 assists and 2 kills.

Urbana (1-0) plays Shawnee today in a Central Buckeye Conference/Kenton Trail Division match.

WL-S falls to Pirates

DeGRAFF – Riverside held off WL-S, 25-18, 24-26, 20-25, 25-20, 16-14, in non-league volleyball on Saturday.

For The Tigers, Tory Cordell had 15 kills, Kaylee Harrison had 9 kills, Alex Burton had 8 kills and Breann Koons and Allie Yoder each had 16 assists.

Olivia Ames led the defense with 23 digs and Hallie Strapp was 9 of 11 serving.

The WL-S jayvees won, 25-16, 25-11.

Citizen staff report