SANDUSKY – As can be expected in a regional soccer game, sometimes the winning team doesn’t always get off to a great start.
That’s what happened to Archbold girls soccer Tuesday night as they gave up a goal in the first six minutes and looked to be overmatched by the second ranked team in the state in Division III, Doylestown Chippewa, in the regional semifinal at Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium in Sandusky. However, the fourth ranked Blue Streaks took control from there on out behind senior Emie Peterson’s hat trick to get the 4-1 win.
“Chippewa’s made long tournament runs for the last few years. We’ve checked that out, we’ve seen what they’ve done,” said Archbold assistant coach Jennifer Kidder. “So, we came in thinking we were the underdogs for sure. So our girls had to come out from the beginning and prove (themselves), and they did just that. You know we had five really scary minutes in the beginning, but after that we dominated play. They passed like they needed to, they made their shots. It was just great soccer.”
Chippewa held possession down near the Blue Streak goal for the first six minutes of the game, and that resulted in a Bailee Ferrell goal on a free kick opportunity at the 34:32 mark to give them a 1-0 lead.
It did not take the Streaks long to respond, as not even two minutes later, Emie Peterson tagged the first of her three goals on the night to knot the score.
“She just lit the team up,” said Kidder of Emie Peterson’s play. “And she was the spark that they needed. From the beginning until the end of the game. She was on fire.”
Archbold took over from there, and their constant pressure allowed them to break the tie with 10:28 remaining in the first half. On perhaps their most well executed goal of the game, the Streaks’ Chloe Nofziger sent a corner kick towards the net that Andi Peterson headed in for a 2-1 lead.
After some early pressure to start the second half from Chippewa, Archbold once again settled in.
Emie Peterson scored her second goal of the game, this one from inside five yards, giving the Streaks breathing room with a 3-1 lead with only 17:42 left to play.
Then for good measure, she got a goal with 1:10 remaining to end scoring on the night.
“From the beginning (of the season), probably in June when we had our first summer game, we knew that this group was special,” said Kidder. “And this just seals the deal right here. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls.”
Archbold next will take on Liberty-Benton Saturday for the chance to advance to state. Game time is 3 p.m. at Lake High School.
“We do the same thing we’ve been doing all season long,” said Kidder on how they will prepare for the Eagles. “They practice hard every single day. There’s never a doubt in our minds about the effort that they give. And, that’s what we’ll keep doing. We’re not changing anything now.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010