TOLEDO – When it looked as though Wauseon was headed for an early exit out of the Division II boys soccer sectional tournament, they persevered. The Indians scored twice in the 6:30 to defeat Scott, 2-1, in the sectional final.
Although they have been in many close games throughout the season, this result is one that is somewhat new to them.
“It’s been like that all year. Except for usually it ends in a tie – hence my six ties (on the season),” said head coach Casey Elson. “We worked on it (finishing) all practice (leading up to the game). We finally got one we could finish. I was happy for them.”
The two teams were pretty even, but in the second half Scott had many near misses. Their relentless pressure finally paid off when Jaali Peterson bent one in from 30 yards out, putting them in front 1-0 with 16:11 left to play.
However, Wauseon did not panic and they would come through in the end.
The equalizer came on an outlet as Aaron Newland elluded an overaggressive keeper who tried to beat him to the ball, firing it into the back of the net with 6:27 remaining.
“At halftime we had talked about, we saw some things that we could really capitalize on,” said Elson. “I told them if they keep at it, eventually we’re gonna get a goal. So when we gave up our goal, we really thought we could still have a good chance to score a goal. Once we scored that one, I felt like we had a whole lot of momentum going at them.”
The Indians did not play for overtime, however, as Fernando Soto found an open Jacob Hageman who scored the go-ahead goal with 3:24 remaining.
“He has been so close all year,” said Elson of Hageman. “I know his mom and dad probably wouldn’t believe me, but we practice it so much. Drills we do differently to finish the ball. That was funny, the one touch he got a chance (at), he did finish. I was happy for him.”
The Indians advance to take on Maumee Monday at Lake in a district semifinal.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010