NAPOLEON – Searching for that elusive first win of the year, the Wauseon girls soccer team was in good shape when Kyrin Grime scored with 28:48 left in the first half. However, Napoleon’s Megan Richardson found the back of the net twice for Napoleon as they ended up with a 2-1 decision against the Indians Monday at Buckenmeyer Stadium.
“If you haven’t had that taste of success yet this season, that’s a thing you can easily motivate them for,” said Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder. “It’s a young team that’s grown up a lot. I think they took some strides (today). This (Napoleon) is a solid defensive team.”
Wauseon took a 1-0 lead with 28:48 left in the first half when Grime scored from in front of the net when the Napoleon keeper fell down making a save.
The Indians kept the lead after keeper Marie Hutchinson turned away Napoleon’s Sara Dominguez on a breakaway.
“She’s stepping on the field and playing at a very aggressive level,” Schroeder said of his freshman keeper. “That was our theme tonight. Whatever happened, whatever the end result was, we wanted to come out here and play a game to our potential and play aggressively and not back down from a challenge.”
Napoleon struck for a goal just a minute and 23 seconds into the second half. Richardson received the ball ahead of the Wauseon defense from Emily Bostelman and found the right corner of the net. With 16:08 left in the contest, Richardson again found the back of the net for the 2-1 score.
The Indians rallied for a chance to tie in the final 15 minutes of the game. Back-to-back corner kicks yielded zero shots on goal, but a third attempt 50 seconds later saw Jane Richer send a shot right to the Napoleon keeper.
With 11:06 left to play, a deflected ball in the box led to a penalty, which saw Kadence Carroll step up with a penalty kick for the Indians. Napoleon keeper Grace Hopkins held her ground and made the save, and Napoleon kept the lead.
“Napoleon has always had great goalkeepers,” mentioned Schroeder. “Unfortunately, that didn’t go in. There’s a lesson too. Those things aren’t always automatic.”
Wauseon (0-5) will look for that first win of the season Saturday when the girls head to Toledo Central Catholic.
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