DELTA – An offensive flurry in the second half by Delta that included goals by Morgan Mattimore and Karah Wood, earned the Panthers a 2-1 comeback victory over Bryan in NWOAL girls soccer action Tuesday at Delta.
“It was 1-0 at half and all we told them was it is not over until it’s over,” said Panther coach John Kern on the win. “You’ve got 40 minutes left, and they came back and they did what they had to do. I am proud of them for that.”
It was Delta senior Morgan Mattimore who led the charge in the second half, giving her squad numerous opportunities. She finally cashed in at the 28:38 mark of the half on a corner kick that made it all the way to the net, deflecting off the hand of the Bryan goalkeeper and into the back of the net to tie the score at one.
“It was a spark we needed I think,” said Kern of the goal. “For the girls to really realize, hey we are in this. One goal is one goal, and when we score it like that it does make all the difference. We did get a little luck on that but we’ll take it.”
Just a little over 14 minutes later the Panthers broke open the tie. During another offensive rally for Delta, a look by Kassandra Lee drew the Golden Bear keeper away from the goal where a follow up attempt from Wood found the open net for a 2-1 Panther advantage.
“I am actually really proud of her for that because we’ve been working on shooting a lot,” stated Kern of Wood. “And we’ve been missing a lot of those in previous games. It was really a nice, good touch.”
Bryan did have some good attempts down the stretch, most notably a breakaway for Gracie Voigt with 11:31 to go that was scooped up by Panther keeper Madi Nadolny.
In the first half it was Bryan that were the aggressors as Voigt pushed a shot across the goal line with 23 minutes left until the break. However, they could never create that spark again in the second half and the Panthers held on for the victory.
As far as the NWOAL is concerned, the Panthers remain unbeaten at 2-0 and are tied atop the league standings with Swanton. But it is still to early in the season to judge the significance of this win.
“Swanton is always tough, Archbold’s tough and Wauseon’s tough,” said Kern of the league race. “It is an uphill battle. They are always good and we are gonna have to show up and play. We are just happy where we are at right now.”
Delta (5-0-2) is at Waite tomorrow for a non-league contest starting at 5 p.m.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010