Although Wauseon was able to take an early two-goal advantage, Delta scored goals near the end of each half, the second with just 2:52 left in the contest to end Tuesday’s girls soccer game at Wauseon in a 2-2 tie.
“We did enough. We did enough to not lose,” noted Delta coach John Kern after the game. “It was a pretty even game. We needed to go to the ball more. And they did it more (after halftime), but not as well as I wanted them to. But, we did enough to not lose.”
Wauseon struck first at the 30:43 mark of the first half when freshman Mya Suarez got free for a breakaway down the middle of the field and fired a shot over the head of the Panther goalkeeper. Suarez also got a shot to find its way into the net with 17:49 left in the opening stanza, putting the Indians ahead 2-0.
“All of our younger talent is developing really well, especially Mya (Suarez),” said Wauseon coach Jordanne Buehrer. “She is kind of coming into her own. She has always been a strong player but she is just trying to get her footwork out there at a higher level of play.”
“I think overall these last couple games the girls have kind of gotten back to how they were (at the beginning of the season).”
Delta had a hard time making its way into Wauseon’s end of the field to start the game, but with 6:26 left until the halftime break, Raegyn Price got a pass from Maddie Mattimore on a hard rush up field and converted, trimming the Indian lead at 2-1.
Morgan Mattimore and Price of the Panthers were even more aggressive after the break, often times getting into the teeth of the Wauseon defense.
However, it was the Kendra Gorczyca of the Indians that had a decent shot at the net with 23:03 left in the game, booting one at the left corner of the goal but Delta keeper Madi Nadolny made the save.
Then, with just under three to go, Morgan Mattimore made a last ditch effort to score. Her first attempt was blocked by Wauseon keeper Hannah Spadafore, but she scored on the rebound which tied the game for good.
But despite his squad’s improved offensive effort in the second half, Kern felt that his squad could have done better.
“We really need to finish,” he said. “Whether it’s putting the ball into the back of the net or making that pass where it should go.”
Both squads learned their tournament fate over the weekend as sectional draws were announced. For Wauseon, the Indians host Maumee on Monday in a rematch of a game from Oct. 3 in which they were defeated 4-3 on the road.
“We are looking forward to going to tournaments,” said Buehrer. “We are gonna play Maumee again. So, it’s gonna be a good game. They were a good opponent to go up against this season.”
Delta will face the winner of Woodmore and Rossford next Saturday, and since this was their last regular season contest, the Panthers will have plenty of time to rest.
“We are hoping that the rest does us some good and we can go out and play hard,” said Kern.
Wauseon closes their regular season today when they host Kalida at 5 p.m.
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