Wauseon sent 15 shots on goal, but none found the back of the net as the Indians played Napoleon to a scoreless tie at home in girls soccer Monday.
“They are really very similar to us in a lot of aspects,” Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder said of the Napoleon team he played. “It was good to see our girls work hard the whole 80 minutes.”
Napoleon had a shot that did cross the line and into the net with 10 minutes left in the first half, but after a conversation the officials decided the ball bounced off the bar for the football goalpost, and not the crossbar for the net, and disallowed the goal. They needed another conversation to decide if play was going to continue with a goalie kick or corner kick.
“Those are always tough,” Schroeder said about the call. “If I could, I’d like to get rid of the second post above (the net) to clear out that confusion. It was the right call. It was one of those things where you want your girls to respond and they did.”
Wauseon dominated play early and late. Avery Giguere had a ball taken away from her on one possession, then later in the half she fired a shot over the net. Napoleon came back and had a pair of chances to break the tie, but the ball was headed out of the Wauseon goal.
“Bethany Blackwood is one of the better keepers we’ll see this season,” Schroeder said of the Napoleon goalie. “She’s in command of her defense.”
Late in the game, the Indians began to fire away from long distance. Mya Suarez sent a shot in with under three minutes to play, but that also sailed over the net. Inside the final minute, Wauseon came up with a kick towards the net off a throw-in, but that banged off the crossbar as time expired.
“At that point,” mentioned Schroeder, “when we’re getting into those minutes, it’s a lot of faith in our midfield to keep playing that ball up. The shots never go in if you never take them. That’s something where any look is better than not getting one.”
The Indians outshot Napoleon 15-11 in the contest.
Wauseon (3-3-1) plays host to Liberty Center Thursday in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.