‘Dawgs whip ‘Cats in revival of county’s oldest prep athletic rivalry

Batavia bombarded Williamsburg 9-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division season opener for both teams.

This marks the first game of the school year between the county’s two longest-running sports rivals dating from more than 100 years ago.

The hosts were on the scoreboard early and often. With less than six minutes gone in the game, freshman midfielder and striker Gabbie Bond netted a goal on an assist from freshman midfielder Taylor Murphy. Less than a minute later senior striker Holly Harris added the next goal.

Williamsburg began to provide its first serious offensive threats midway into the first half and then both teams for more than 10 minutes began playing on an even keel. But Harris tallied two more times in the first half at the 15:58 mark and 47 seconds left to take a 4-0 lead.

With less than five minutes gone in the second half, junior striker Mackenzie Fisler made a penalty kick for the Bulldogs to widen the lead and one and a half minutes later Bond netted her second goal. Like Harris in the first half, Bond became an offensive terror scoring with 21:12 remaining in the contest as the ball was kicked through a defender’s hands raised above her head and Bond booted the ball in the net when it miraculously fell onto her foot in front of the ‘Burg goal.

Closing out the scoring was senior midfielder and striker Sam Padgett with 5:46 left and Bri Osborne on a penalty kick with 4:15 remaining.

“We played really well. The hard work we’d done in the preseason, it’s very god to see it’s paying off,” said Jamie Corns, Batavia head coach. Her team is 2-0 having also defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian.

“We were able to finish the ball tonight which was a big factor.”

In addition to a powerful offensive attack, Corns noted the defense played very well in recording the shut out. She mentioned the play of senior sweeper Erika Bourque, freshman stopper Bri Osborne, and backs Payton Kraus, a junior, and Erin O’Brien, a sophomore.

“We expected to do well in the league again this year and I’m very optimistic we’ll do well the entire season,” Corns said.