MIDDLETOWN – After years of coming up just short in Greater Miami Conference play, the Middletown Lady Middies (1-10-3) girls soccer team finally put some ghosts to rest.
It has been nearly five years since Middletown defeated a conference foe. In fact, it was Tuesday, October 4, 2011. The Lady Middies nipped Colerain 3-2.
The Lady Middies could not have picked a better opponent on a better night. Thursday evening they hosted Princeton for Senior Night.
Middletown senior forward Lindsay Chapman was the star of the first-half. Chapman found the goal during the 20th minute, and again during the 10th minute. The Middies and Vikings entered the intermission knotted at 2-2.
“It felt amazing getting our first win this season. I was exhilarated being able to add two goals and help our team,” said Chapman. “This rivalry win over Princeton gives us momentum heading into the Colerain game.”
The two-goal game for Chapman was a career-high.
The Middies entered the second-half with aggression, and actively attacked the Vikings’ goal. The Vikings frustration began to mount, and it led to a Middie penalty kick with 7:26 remaining in the game.
Middletown senior captain Kelsea Joseph was called upon to break the tie. Joseph lined the ball at the goal, and Princeton’s goalie deflected the ball toward the left beam. The ball had enough angle to remain fair and entered the goal.
The Middie lead stretched to 3-2.
Nearly seven minutes later with just 23 second remaining in the contest, freshman Samill Calhoun scored the game’s final goal. Calhoun’s goal gave the Middies enough cushion to begin the celebration.
The 4-2 win elevated the Middies to their first win of the season, and dropped the Vikings to 2-11-1 overall, and 0-8 in conference play.
The Lady Middies charged the field in celebration.
“What a great win for our senior’s at home on Senior Night against a rival,” exclaimed head coach Jeremy Hyman. “Tonight we executed. We’ve preached never giving up all season. We’ve continued to work hard, and not let adversity define us. This is a big win, and huge step forward for our program. We are going to enjoy this win tonight, however, we’ll get back to work tomorrow preparing for our final road trip to Colerain (5-7-1 overall, 1-7-1 GMC).
The Lady Middies next travel to Colerain on Thursday, Oct. 13. Their final regular season contest of the season is a non-conference match with Fairmont on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Barnitz Stadium. JV kickoff is slated for 9 a.m. and varsity follow at 11 a.m.
The Middie boys soccer team also host Fairmont on Saturday, Oct. 15. They will follow the girls at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Middies seniors participating in Senior Night were: Lindsay Thornton, Samantha Plummer, Makiah Packard, Meredith Owens, Teryne McVey, Maddie Muterspaw, Kelsea Joseph, Lauren Isenburg, Zayion Hyman, Brooke Dickson, Maddie Davis, and Lindsey Chapman.