Wauseon scored two goals in the first half then added three more after the break for a 5-0 win over visiting Evergreen Thursday in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer.
The win kept the recent hot streak intact for the Indians who have won four games in a row, bumping their record to 6-2 on the season. They also have shut out the last three teams they’ve played.
“I think so,” said Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder on if the Evergreen win showed what his girls are capable of. “We’re trying to figure out how to get our playmakers into space and just maintain possession. Really just puts a lot of pressure on the opposing team to recover.”
The Indians notched their first goal 6:20 into the contest when Teagan Rupp, who finished with a hat trick, put one in.
She was a force all night for the home team and it allowed her to find the back of the net three times.
“Really a dynamic player all around,” said Schroeder of Rupp. “We’ve had her play out of the mid; we’ve had her I think about everywhere in her career so far. Putting her out there, giving her space to run and she connects well with our other players. And of course, she had some nice shots tonight.”
Wauseon went up 2-0 at the 10:42 mark. Evergreen goalkeeper Hannah Wilson, trying to boot the ball away from the Viking goal, didn’t get it out far enough and Wauseon’s Rylee Vasvery was there to loft it in behind her.
The Indians’ third goal was a well-executed play that took place nearly eight minutes into the second half.
Vasvery sent the ball in to Rupp who made a move on the Viking keeper and fired it into the back of the net.
The play highlighted the progress Wauseon has made offensively, something they’ve been working on extensively in both practice and games.
“We were able to make a lot more combination passes to just create more opportunities in that final third. And that’s just been an emphasis for us. We felt like, in each game we’ve played, we’ve had the edge in terms of possession at our feet, passes completed and all of that. But, just finding that last killer pass. So that’s just been a focus the last week, week and a half here,” explained Schroeder.
Rupp added another goal with just under 19 minutes remaining, while Abby Smith marked the final tally with just 5:15 left.
In addition to Vasvery, Ann Spieles recorded an assist for the Indians as well.
The Indians are now 1-2 in the NWOAL while Evergreen is at 1-1.
Wauseon travels to Swanton on Tuesday for a league match. Evergreen (3-5-1) is at Bryan the same day.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.