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North Miami blanks Peru to move to 4-0 in TRC play

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GIVE TO GET: North Miami’s Carinna Savage (6) plays the ball to Katie Day (15) before getting in return and scoring during the final minutes of Monday night’s TRC and Miami County girls’ soccer clash with Peru. Savage’s goal cemented a 3-0 win for the Warriors over the Tigers, the first win for the visitors in regulation in TRC play.
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HERE AND THERE: Peru’s Claire Boyer (3) breaks up a potential North Miami attack during the second half of Monday night’s TRC and Miami County girls’ soccer match. Boyer split time between all four levels of the Tiger formation to try and get things going during the 3-0 loss to the Warriors.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

Halfway through its TRC girls’ soccer slate, North Miami had scraped its way to a 3-0 mark, needing a minimum of extra time to knock off Maconaquah, Manchester and Wabash.

It would have been very easy to see another round coming as the Warriors traveled to Peru Monday but the Tigers lacked the bite that had earned them a victory over the Braves, shipping two goals in the first half and a late third as the visitors took a 3-0 win.

North Miami head coach Jason Faine was pleased to see the girls get a lead and maintain it all the way through.

“That’s how we would like it to go if we had it our way,” Faine said about winning the match in regulation. “I’m glad we didn’t go to overtime.

“We’re happy for the win but now we have to go back and look at some things, like why we were offside at times, and keep working on the passing.”

Peru head coach Kelsey Lilla said there were good moments from the squad but those moments were not evenly spread out over the course of the match.

“The Peru team was here but it also wasn’t here,” Lilla said. “There were times when the girls were ready to play, had moments and battled back-and-forth but maybe we let (North Miami) get in our heads a little bit.”

Who was playing between the sticks for Peru became a running theme throughout the evening as Faylena Stout started in goal, only for an injury in the opening 10 minutes to curtail her evening.

Samantha Campos moved back into a role she had featured in much of the season but was greeted by Bailey Keim, who opened the scoring just before the 10-minute mark from the edge of the 18-yard box.

The match slowly began to tilt more favorably in the Warriors’ favor and it would be Keim who doubled the lead 15 minutes later, again shooting from distance to beat Campos in goal.

To try and freshen things up, Campos returned to the midfield and Claire Boyer took over in goal but the balance of play still favored the visitors as the match reached halftime.

Though there were several changes in goal during the match, Faine said the girls didn’t always make the best of the chances available to them.

“Every girl (Peru) had in their made some good plays,” Faine said. “We just had to capitalize on the good opportunities we had.

“Sometimes we did but other times we were offside or shot over the bar. There were scoring chances there and we need to take more of them.”

The majority of the second half saw North Miami enjoying control of the ball, repeatedly working towards the Tiger goal.

Celia Vallez Rando, now in goal, was able to turn away a few shots and kept the score at 2-0 most of the half.

Lilla said the constant shuffle of goalkeepers was one made from necessity but each of the four players in goal showed their worth to the team.

“We’re trying new things,” Lilla said. “We’re trying to become a better team.

“It doesn’t matter who we have in goal if we have a solid defense. We asked the team who wanted to play there and Faylena was the first to step up.

“We moved to Sam after Faylena had to leave but (Sam) wants to be in the field, so after 20 minutes, we moved Claire back there and then used Celia in the second half,” Lilla added. “Celia rocked it in goal when she came in and all four girls played well back there.”

Keim had a chance early in the half to notch a hat trick but hit Vallez Rando’s left-hand post and went behind for a goal kick.

Carina Savage added the third goal from close range with less than three minutes to play.

Belen Flores had a chance not long after but shot across goal, leaving the hosts goalless for the second time in three matches.

Faine said the clean sheet was a well-deserved accolade for the team.

“We’re playing a Peru team that’s playing better and challenged teams that challenged us,” Faine said. “This was a good win.”

Peru travels to Twin Lakes Wednesday, catching the Indians playing for the third-straight night.

Lilla said the team practiced hard each day but wanted the girls to get have more of that intensity available on matchdays.

“I want to play how we practice,” Lilla said. “We practice hard, do all the things we’re supposed to do and get after our teammates.

“On the field, I don’t think we’ve performed to a T like how we should. We’re not always putting into the game what we do in practice; we need to apply those things better.”

North Miami travels to Taylor Thursday with the Titans looking to make it a clean sweep of Miami County schools, having put four past both Maconaquah and Peru this season, before facing Whitko Saturday.

Faine said Taylor would be another good test ahead of sectionals while the Wildcats were starting to figure some things out in the latter stages of the season.

“It’s non-conference with Taylor but we still want to go down there and play a good match,” Faine said. “Whitko had struggled but they beat Wawasee and Wabash in back-to-back matches.

“It’s a match at 10 a.m. and sometimes we don’t want to wake up for those so we need to knock that back and be ready to play.”