GENOA – Archbold seemed to be a team on a mission Saturday versus Swanton in the Division III girls soccer district final at Genoa. They scored three goals in the first 20 minutes and a total of five in the first half, defeating the Bulldogs 6-1 to advance to the regional tournament.
“In our game the other night (against Huron), we didn’t play a very good soccer game,” said Archbold assistant coach Jennifer Kidder. “So, they wanted it that much more after that game to come out and dominate today. And that’s exactly what they did. They wanted to make a statement. They wanted good momentum moving forward in tournament. I’m pleased.”
Notching the Blue Streaks’ first goal was Andi Peterson, making the score 1-0 at the 30:20 mark.
Swanton goalkeeper Amber Torres tried to stop a shot from Macy Peterson dead in its tracks less than two minutes later, but the freshman put it through Torres’ legs for a 2-0 lead.
Kamryn Hostetler then put one in from just inside the penalty box with 20:05 remaining in the first half.
“Our passing was outstanding. It’s exactly what we’ve been working on,” said Kidder of her team’s offensive execution. “It’s exactly what we’re capable of doing. They just executed flawlessly today.”
Archbold’s Regan Ramirez got behind the defense for a goal with 10:10 remaining, then Macy Peterson recorded her second goal of the game to make it 5-0 at the half.
“From beginning of the season to now, that girl has come so far,” said Kidder of Macy Peterson. She just is like a sponge. She soaks up everything that you tell her. And she wants to learn and she wants to get better. Her work ethic is unmatchable.”
The Streaks added to their lead when Macy Peterson centered a ball to her older sister, Emie Peterson, who finished it off and made it 6-0 with just over 12 minutes gone in the second half.
Aricka Lutz of Swanton had a direct free kick shortly after the Emie Peterson attempt, but her shot was gobbled up by Archbold keeper Leah Hall.
But, the freshman would put Swanton on the board with 1:32 remaining to close out scoring.
Archbold will next take on the top seed from the Medina District, Doylestown Chippewa, tonight at Sandusky High School at 7 p.m.
Streaks top Huron, Dogs stop Comets
Both the Blue Streaks and Bulldogs had to grind out wins in their district semifinal matches Wednesday.
Archbold scored two second half goals to overtake Huron 2-1, while Swanton fought off a rally by Genoa and won 4-3.
The Blue Streaks trailed 1-0 at the half when Huron’s Haydey Petee slid one past Archbold keeper Leah Hall with 8:03 remaining before the break.
Kamryn Hostetler had a pair of looks at the net in the first 16 minutes of the second half, but came up short.
First, at the 28:06 mark, she blasted one from the right side of the net that was saved by Huron goalie Cora Mamere. She then received a pass from Emie Peterson with 24:32 remaining, but that shot went over the net.
Despite a tough angle on the shot, Emie Peterson put one in the right corner of the net, tying it at 1-1 with 22:22 left. This gave the Streaks all the momentum down the stretch and it led to Chloe Nofziger’s game-winning goal with 9:39 to go.
Swanton was led by Aricka Lutz who recorded a hat trick, with one of those scores being the difference in the game, while twin sister Averie Lutz had the Bulldog other goal.
“Both of them have done really well,” said Swanton coach Jim Dickman of the Lutz sisters. “They are twice the player from when they started back in June. They’ve learned a lot from Haley (Nelson). They’ve learned a lot from all the upperclassmen. That’s been great for them.”
Swanton’s first goal of the game came as a result of beautiful execution between Julia Hightower and Aricka Lutz 11:43 into the game.
Hightower sent a crossing pass through the air in front of the net and Lutz headed it in. Not even three minutes later, Aricka Lutz fired one from 15 yards away that found its way past the keeper for a 2-0 Swanton lead.
A scrum in front of the Bulldog net led to a Kendall Gerke goal for Genoa with 12:02 left in the half, cutting Swanton’s lead in half.
However, with just over five minutes left, Averie Lutz cleaned up Tonya Timpe’s free kick that bounced off the crossbar, making the halftime advantage 3-1.
After having numerous near misses in the first half, the Comets were able to find the back of the net after halftime.
Their first score of the half came on Valerie Marquardt’s penalty kick at the 37:35 mark. They tied it at three on Tatum Neumann’s shot from the right side with 34:22 remaining.
Before Swanton scored the go-ahead goal, their keeper Amber Torres helped keep the Comets out of the net.
Neumann had a breakaway with 10:49 to go, however, Torres would not allow easy access and her shot missed to the right. Then, Megan Davis added a quality shot from the left side of the net that was saved by Torres with 8:03 to go.
Swanton would be awarded a direct free kick with 1:19 remaining and they made it count. Aricka Lutz was successful on the try and their defense held serve for the final minute and change.
“It’s a great team. That’s all I can say,” said Dickman on bouncing back after losing the lead.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010