ROSSFORD – The coaching debut of Casey Elson came to a premature end as weather stopped the opening of the Wauseon and Rossford soccer doubleheader a few minutes early with the host Bulldogs ahead 3-0.
“The first game is the hardest they say, so we got that one out of the way,” Elson said on his debut. “The first half we played well. A lucky hop didn’t go our way. That happens in soccer.”
Thunder and lightning halted the game with 13:22 to play, and after a discussion during rains that came with it, it was decided to call the game a full game.
Rossford had a few chances in the first half, but only netted one goal when Logan Vargo cleaned up loose ball after a save by Wauseon keeper Easton Delgado for a 1-0 lead.
The Indians mustered five shots on goal in the game. Aaron Newland had a couple chances for Wauseon in the second half, but couldn’t break through. After his second attempt, Rossford’s Ian Teague carried in on the net from the right side and found the back of the net.
“This year, our Achilles heel is going to be our offense,” stated Elson. “We’re trying new things and different players in different places. We definitely need to switch our numbers around on shots on goal.
Four minutes later, Jordan Dankert scored from in front of the net to complete the 3-0 decision.
“The second half started to go in a way we didn’t want it to go,” admitted the first-year coach. “I liked the way we bounced back. We contained, but we didn’t get the things done we needed to get done today.”
Wauseon (0-1) plays Tuesday at Bryan to kick off Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.
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