Eaton sure didn’t treat this like a road trip.
The Eagles, scheduled to play host Thursday to Richmond in girls soccer, instead played the game on the Red Devils’ turf because Eaton’s new field is not yet ready.
Didn’t faze the Eagles.
Eaton scored about 12 minutes into the contest, then struck again a minute later.
The Eagles didn’t let up until they had secured a 5-2 victory, their second straight.
“It was nice. Richmond has a great facility, and it was nice for our girls to get comfortable on the turf,” said Eaton coach Allison Jaynes. “We’re not used to that. We’re still practicing on grass. The more practice on that, the better.”
Practice made perfect Thursday night.
Ryen Lilli put the Eagles in the lead, and she was quickly followed by a Libby Springmier goal a little more than 13 minutes into the game.
Kristi Floyd scored the first of her two first-half goals around the 15-minute mark, with No. 2 coming about 10 minutes later to stake the Eagles to a 4-0 lead at halftime.
“They played well. Good possession,” Jaynes said. “Just had a few lapses here and there we’re trying to get out of the way, get ready for our next game.”
It was the first regular-season soccer game on the renovated turf at Lyboult Field. Both Richmond’s boys and girls soccer teams had played scrimmages at Lyboult this summer.
“We love it. The girls get excited every time they can come out here and play on this pitch,” said RHS coach Eric Wilson. “That’s always nice, if you can bring that kind of energy and enthusiasm. Whenever somebody is happy to get out on a certain field, that’s always nice.”
The visitor’s row of lights briefly went out early in the second half, but the Eagles’ offense did not.
Lilli scored her second goal of the game, around the 7:25 mark of the second half.
Jordan McGuire scored Richmond’s first goal of the evening, cutting the deficit to 5-1 with about 27 minutes gone in the second half.
The Red Devils weren’t done quite yet. Abby Lovely scored with less than 10 minutes to play to make the final score.
“I love the fact that we didn’t give up,” Wilson said. “We kept fighting. In the second half, I think we looked like a totally different team.
“They were much more energetic, getting to more of the 50-50 balls. We were pushing forward a little bit more. It looked like the team we are trying to become.”
Eaton (2-0) returns to action Tuesday at Bellbrook, while the Red Devils (0-1-1) travel Saturday to the Columbus North Tournament.
“We need to fix some of the slow starts and tweak a few things, but I think it’s headed in the right direction,” Wilson said.