Wauseon girls soccer, the third seed, had their tournament run end prematurely as they were defeated at home by seventh-seeded Napoleon 2-1 Tuesday in the Division II sectional semifinal.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favors. We were, gosh, so thoroughly dominant the entire game in terms of possession,” said Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder on the loss. “We moved the ball exceptionally well. They have a world class goalkeeper in Bethany (Blackwood). And I know that’s a tough obstacle in itself.
“I was proud of the way that we possessed the ball. I thought we did things well. We just, we didn’t help ourselves. Kind of had a mental error that led to their first goal.”
To Schroeder’s point, the Indians made themselves at home in the Wildcat zone in the first 20 minutes.
Avery Giguere lofted one towards Blackwood from 20 yards out at the 26:29 mark but the All-Northern Lakes League goalkeeper swallowed it up.
Then, just over a minute later, Jaydelin Vasvery moved the ball into the Napoleon zone for another quality look. Blackwood again made the save to keep it scoreless.
Napoleon’s Sabryn Camp put the Wildcats on the board with 19:53 left on a shot from the left side.
The score remained the same until the final six minutes. Senior McKenna Peckinpaugh drilled one off the crossbar and it dropped behind the line to make it 2-0.
Wauseon had more unfulfilled chances in the second half.
Vasvery was awarded a direct free kick midway through and put it on the net, however, her shot was saved. She then had a breakaway with 18:14 to go and her shot was again stopped by Blackwood.
“She’s fantastic. We wouldn’t have the success that we (have) as a program without her,” said Schroeder on Vasvery’s importance to the team. “She’s a special talent. She’s our career-record goal scorer for us. And you’re gonna have those. You’re gonna have those opportunities that you want to get back.”
Wauseon’s Mya Suarez sliced the Wildcat lead in half with 1:31 remaining but it came too late.
After the game, Schroeder gave all the credit to Napoleon.
“Again, against the looks that they get in their league, they know what they’re doing on that side of the ball,” he said on the difficulty of facing the Wildcat defense. “Coming into this, they’d only given up maybe three goals to Division II opponents all season. Which is phenomenal. They play a great team defense.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010