MILLBURY – Host Lake broke open a close game by scoring three goals in the first three minutes, 17 seconds of the second half to end Wauseon’s season 6-0 in a Division II girls soccer sectional semifinal at Lake Community Stadium Monday night.
Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Indians found themselves in trouble when Lake pumped in three quick goals in the second half.
“I thought we fought hard against the top team in our district,” admitted Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder. “Really, it’s a better result than what we had Saturday.”
It came just two days after falling at Lake 7-0 to end the regular season Saturday.
“Schematically, we tried a few things differently,” stated Schroeder. “I think it was fairly effective. The first half, I think we got in our own way a couple of times. It doesn’t help when we conceded a couple goals where we did the right things.”
Wauseon tried to control the ball, plus got great play from keeper Marie Hutchinson to stay in a scoreless game until late in the opening half. The Flyers scored twice in the final 11 minutes of the half, with the opening goal coming off a turnover at midfield, to lead 2-0 at the half.
“If we look at opportunities, we were really close crossing the ball in,” Schroeder said of the first half. “We were fortunate to play over their back line a little bit, and get some good looks. It could have very easily been 2-1, or scoreless even.”
With the young team, Schroeder hopes the playing time will build for the future.
“This is a unique opportunity,” closed the Wauseon coach. “It’s been a number of years since we’ve been able to play younger talent for significant minutes because we’ve been so senior-led. We have eight freshmen and there is a lot to build on.”
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