MILLBURY – It was the one thing the Wauseon boys soccer team could not have happen. Playing in a Division II district semifinal Monday at Lake against Maumee, the Panthers came out and scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the match and they went on to eliminate the Indians 6-1.
Maumee came out and scored on its first shot of the game just one minute into the match. By the time Kyle Robinson scored a pair of goals, including a fantastic top-shelf shot with a pair of Wauseon defenders on him, Maumee had a 3-0 lead with 31:46 still to play in the first half.
“Every game, our first 20 (minutes) is the most important because we aren’t the highest scoring team,” admitted Wauseon coach Casey Elson. “We can’t do a shootout with this team, but we could keep it (the score) low and keep ourselves in the game.
“The first two shots were heck of a shot,” added Elson. “I thought our first defender would step up and try to make the shot a little harder. It happens.”
The Panthers added a goal off a corner kick and one on a cross to make it 5-0 by halftime. Maumee had 17 shots on goal to two for Wauseon at the half.
“Offensively, we really struggled most of the year,” stated Elson. “We squeaked in a few goals to get our wins. Tonight was very hard. They played a really hard mid game and that was a hard play for us.”
Braden Wagener finished his hat trick when he scored on an open net in the second half. Wauseon keeper Easton Delgado was playing a two-on-one and slipped going for the ball.
The Indians did break through with 6:21 left to go in the match. Benicio Vielma scored off a corner kick to make the final 6-1.
“All year, our main problem has been finishing,” said Elson. “We had a really good chance there. He (Vielma) had a chance and finally finished with the ball. He’s a young kid and he’ll be back next year. It was good for a young kid to get in there and score for us.”
Wauseon ended the season with a record of 3-9-6.
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