Wauseon boys soccer was able to cut Pettisville’s lead down to one on two different occasions in the second half, but each time the Blackbirds responded as they went on to defeat the Indians, 4-2, on Thursday at Wauseon.
“I thought we handled ourselves well, in the beginning of the match especially. We were all over it,” said Pettisville coach Dick Nyce on his team’s win. “And somehow we got goal hungry or something because we started pushing a little more vertical then I liked. But when we needed to we scored another one so I guess we will take it.”
Pettisville’s Justin Rupp kicked off the scoring with 23:37 left in the first half on a shot from the right side.
A stalemate ensued until there was less than two minutes to play. The Blackbird offense charged toward the goal, drawing Wauseon goalkeeper Orlando Uribes from the net as Landon Roth knocked in a goal to make it 2-0.
But despite allowing three goals while defending the net, Uribes made numerous saves to help keep Wauseon in the game.
“He is a great field player but you know what, he is a gamer anywhere you put him on the field,” said Wauseon mentor Shawn Kaufmann of Uribes.
At the 31:13 mark of the second half, the Indians’ Canidate Vickery got a look from roughly 10 yards out. However, his shot hit the top post to keep the contest scoreless.
But the Indians would get on the scoreboard on an attempt from Jory Kesler that deflected off the foot of Pettisville’s Levi Nofziger and went in the net. This cut the Blackbird lead in half at 2-1 with 21:51 remaining in the game.
“I think we got a little lazy in the second half,” stated Nyce. “Thought we were dominating enough and so we didn’t quite challenge as often as we did at the beginning.”
The Blackbirds responded, however, when Connor Wyse slid in a goal 2:31 seconds later which put the margin at 3-1.
Wauseon didn’t give up as Aaron Spieles scored a goal at the 5:49 mark of the half. But the Blackbird defense held them off and with the clock ticking down, Wyse pushed a goal across with 20 seconds left to equal the game’s final tally.
The Indians are currently 0-6 on the season after adding an 8-2 loss at Eastwood on Saturday, but injuries have been a big reason for the slow start.
“We have probably had a different starting lineup every game. We have just been riddled with injuries,” noted Kaufmann. “When you’ve got six guys on the bench you can only rotate one of them. It makes it really hard. A lot of the guys are going to get extended time but they are doing really good. I think we are playing really good soccer.”
Pettisville is 3-2-1 with the win as they will host Toledo Christian tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010