Wauseon girls soccer was unable to find the back of the net down 1-0 for much of the game Thursday against Kalida, and the visiting Wildcats added a pair of late goals in the second half to defeat the Indians 3-0.
“I think we were getting really great fight (out of our team) in a 1-0 game, then all of the sudden it kind of seemed like we ran out of steam a little bit there. And gave up, I would say, sloppy goals. It just seemed like the ball didn’t bounce our way on a couple of those,” said Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder.
Kalida grabbed the lead 13:04 into the game on a boot from Hannah Warn.
Later in the opening half, Wauseon’s Anna Koenig gave a great feed to Jessica Perez in front of the net but Kalida goalkeeper Bailey White took the ball from under her feet in making the save.
The Indians continued to apply pressure in the second half, to no avail.
Avery Giguere had a good look from the left side at the 29:24 mark, however, the shot sailed over the net.
Then, both Giguere and Jaydelin Vasvery nearly notched goals with under 20 to play.
Vasvery fired a shot from roughly 20 yards away that was saved by White at the 17:20 mark. She again got behind the defense 60 seconds later, but the Wildcat keeper didn’t hesitate and met Vasvery before she could get a shot off. Giguere then lofted one over White’s head that banged off the crossbar, keeping the score 1-0 with 15:01 remaining.
“Like anything soccer is so much about tempo, and pace, and communication on the field. That when we have an opportunity like that, it hurts when it doesn’t convert,” said Schroeder of his team’s near misses in the second half. “We tell them, we always have to respond. Respond to the good, respond to the bad.”
Just under three minutes later, Lauren Langhals of Kalida flew past the Wauseon defense and fired a shot at Wauseon keeper Hannah Spadafore who got a hand on it, but it trickled over the line for a goal to make it 2-0.
Kathryn Siebeneck capped off the scoring for the Wildcats with a goal with 3:12 left.
Wauseon will host Evergreen Thursday before hitting the road to take on Maumee on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010