MAUMEE – Swanton pulled within two goals early in the second half, however, the rest of the game belonged to Maumee as the host Panthers took out the Bulldogs 8-1 in a Division II boys soccer sectional semifinal Monday at Kazmaier Stadium.
Down 3-0 at the half, Swanton picked up the first goal of the second half. Trevor Schaller hit Wyatt Lake with a pass that Lake put in the back of the net with 31:26 to play to cut the lead to 3-1.
“It gives you a little confidence to go on and try to get another one,” Swanton coach Rob Upham said of getting the goal in the second half. “Then we gave up a quick one on the other end.”
That would be the only shot on goal the Bulldogs could muster in the second half. Maumee answered with 27:52 left when Kyle Robinson scored.
It also opened the floodgates for the Panthers. Braden Wagener used his back to send in a Tyler Nayfack corner kick. Bryan Pouter added a pair of goals three minutes apart and Wagener closed out the game with a goal at the 9:34 mark to make the final 8-1.
“That’s not really an 8-1 game,” Upham said of the final score. “It’s more of a 4-1 game, which keeps the heads in it. It changes the outcome when you give up soft goals.”
The Panthers scored a pair of goals the same way in the first half. Justin Albright opened the scoring with 31:56 left in the half when the Swanton keeper came out to play a loose ball. Wagener scored his first goal of the game on the same play with 26:27 left in the half.
“That’s a young keeper trying to make a play on the ball,” admitted Upham. “Unfortunately, it is what it is.”
Nayfack closed the first-half scoring when he carried the ball into the Bulldog defense and scored with 14:17 left in the half.
Maumee finished the game with a 24-3 advantage in shots on goal.
“In the first half we didn’t play to our feet,” Upham said of the trouble getting shots. “That’s been a struggle for us. When we have, we’ve threatened a lot of teams.”
Swanton finishes the season 2-13-2. Maumee (8-6-3) will host Sandusky Perkins today for a sectional title.