Maumee proves too much for Swanton in sectional tournament


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Swanton’s Chase Moore handles the ball Monday against Maumee in the Division II boys soccer sectional semifinal. The Bulldogs came up short against the Panthers, 8-1.


Randy Roberts | Fulton County Expositor

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.

Swanton’s Chase Moore handles the ball Monday against Maumee in the Division II boys soccer sectional semifinal. The Bulldogs came up short against the Panthers, 8-1.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2017/10/web1_Moore-handles.jpgSwanton’s Chase Moore handles the ball Monday against Maumee in the Division II boys soccer sectional semifinal. The Bulldogs came up short against the Panthers, 8-1. Randy Roberts | Fulton County Expositor

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