Lady Hornets enter “Death Valley” in Dade City sans POY Bain and Ohr

Weeki Wachee’s Reilley Bain (7) checks her opposite number for Hernando, Madison Griffen. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

GIRLS SOCCER

After two matches last

week, Ohr breaks her foot,

Bain suffers MCL knee injury

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

SPRING HILL – Everyone has had a bad day from time to time.

But imagine Weeki Wachee’s fourth-year Head Coach Danny Fierro expression before the start of last Friday night’s match against Inverness-Citrus.

The Lady Hornets’ girls soccer team – which entered the season with high expectations of winning the Hernando County championship and attaining its first-ever district final – opened its sixth varsity campaign on the road.

Reilley Bain                                                                                                 Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

On Monday in Marion County, the US-19 booters fell to Ocala-Forest, 6-3. Last season’s Hernando County Player of the Year striker, Reilley Bain, drained two goals while another All-County selection, midfielder, Marleen Ohr, tallied her first goal.

Marleen Ohr

On Wednesday at Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake, the Hornets were solved by the host Seahawks, 8-3.

Bain poured in three goals against the East Pasco County crew while Lauren Mullen, who notched a goal and two assists versus the Forest Wildcats, aided the cause with three assists.

But in the match, Fierro revealed in an email, “Marleen got banged up … hopefully nothing too bad. Depth is being challenged early with a tough schedule.”

Against that backdrop, prior to Friday’s match is when Fierro received word that Ohr suffered a broken foot and Bain suffered an MCL knee injury.

Both, he said, are indefinitely out.

Meaning two of Weeki Wachee’s finest playmakers – the county‘s No. 1 and No. 5 scorers in 2016-17 – who accounted for 43-of-64 Hornet goals (67 percent) and 21-of-48 (44 percent) of its assists would be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Complicating matters was the home opener Friday night against Citrus. With a revamped lineup, necessitated by the personnel losses, WWHS fell behind quickly to the Golden Hurricanes, 2-0, before eventually tying the match.

Alas, CHS ricocheted its final goal into the back of the net for a 3-2 non-district win dropping the Hornets to 0-3 before the start of Monday’s Class 3A, District 7 opener.

What’s on the horizon?

The Hornets face a gauntlet. It includes confronting defending 3A-7 champion Pasco at W.F. Edwards Stadium in Dade City on Monday, Nov. 13, host Springstead on Wednesday, before visiting 2017 regional finalist Lecanto in Citrus County on Friday, Nov. 17.

After Thanksgiving, WWHS hosts defending 3A-7 runner-up Wesley Chapel on Monday, Nov. 27, before finally getting a breather against 3A-7 cellar dweller Zephyrhills on Nov. 29.

Danny Fierro

“Friday was a bad day, that’s when I received the injury report,” recalled Fierro. “We had to shift everything around with Reilley and Marleen out. Some of our other players will have to step up in their place.

Though both are sophomores, who play year-round, “At least its not their senior years,” added Fierro. “Marleen will be back sooner than Reilley. If she (Bain) has surgery, it could take three months to rehab. That’s what I’m waiting on next.”

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