Thanks to a sensational offensive performance in which they scored five goals over the first 41:21, the Wauseon girls soccer team held off Maumee, 5-2, on Monday in front of their home faithful to advance in the Division II sectional tournament.
“We held a lot of composure in front of the goal which is a huge thing for us,” said Wauseon coach Jordanne Buehrer. “Because in the past years we’ve struggled offensively, once we get to the 18 or inside the 18. Usually, we start fumbling with the ball. This time we had our composure, and we were able to follow through and find the back of the net.”
Torri Bost of Wauseon scored first when she kept a ball in near the sideline, headed toward the net and fit a shot through the legs of Maumee goalkeeper Suzie Pietrzak to make it 1-0 with 21:29 remaining in the opening half.
Great ball movement led to the Indians’ second goal. They worked it around the perimeter until Mya Suarez slipped a pass behind the Panther defense and Jaydelin Vasvery capitalized to put Wauseon ahead 2-0 with 11:36 left in the half.
“That’s one of the things we tried working on a lot this past year,” said Buehrer of her team’s passing which was crisp all game long. “Just movement on and off the ball and trying to work the ball up (the field). Now it’s finally coming together.
“I am really proud of them and the advancements they’ve been making the past couple games.”
Again Wauseon advanced into the Maumee zone just over a minute later, and scored when Avery Giguere lofted a pass over the Panther defense to Amanda Hammontree, who put it away.
The Indians added another goal with 6:21 remaining when Kendra Gorczyca converted a pass from Giguere to make it 4-0 at halftime.
It was Gorczyca who found Bost to start the second half, and the junior slammed her shot into the right-corner of the net, pushing the lead to 5-0 and seemingly putting the game out of reach.
However, despite the Panthers not being able to find much offense in the first half, the insertion of a key piece in their line-up allowed them to have success after the break.
“When they came back out they had (Emma Rehberg) again, she was out for part of the first half,” stated Buehrer. “They put her back in and she seems to get the team really motivated and she can do a lot. She is a great athlete, and so I think it caught us off-guard. We had to adjust and figure out how to take care of it.”
While she may not have scored any of Maumee’s goals, Rehberg helped to keep the ball on Wauseon’s side of the field.
After receiving a long pass from Maumee’s end of the field, Claudia Woolford struck first for the Panthers when she caught the Indians’ defense sleeping to cut into their lead at 5-1 with 35:13 to go in the contest.
Then, with still over 31 minutes to play, Maegan Seeman got a crossing pass on the left-side of the net and fired it home for Maumee’s second goal.
However, coach Buehrer and her squad made the necessary adjustments in shutting out Maumee for the final 30 minutes.
Wauseon keeper Hannah Spadafore made 15 saves in the game.
The Indians now have their sights set on knocking off top-seeded Oak Harbor who they will play for the sectional championship today at 5 p.m.
“They are a very physical team, and they can pass very well,” explained Buehrer on the match-up with the Rockets. “That is something we are going to have to work on. Our movement on defense, everyone transitioning to defense, including the offensive players helping back on defense.”
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