Wauseon scored two first half goals and then exploded for five more in the second half, downing Otsego 7-0 Saturday afternoon in a non-league girls soccer contest.
It was one of the best offensive games they have played all season, in terms of possession and controlling the ball.
“Yeah we’ve harped on that for awhile that we want to kind of dictate the tempo and the pace of play,” stated Wauseon mentor Brandon Schroeder. “We were able to do that. Kept the ball at our feet. That’s some of the best defense you can have is just not letting them get ahold of the ball and do anything that they really want. So we were able to accomplish that for sure.”
Abby Smith scored the first of her three goals on the day near the halfway mark of the first half, giving the Indians the lead. Then Teagan Rupp’s penalty kick extended the margin at 2-0 with 14:25 before halftime, and that’s where it would be at the break.
Rupp again found the back of the net 50 seconds into the second half. Her shot from quarter field hit the crossbar and bounced down behind the line to make it 3-0.
With 22:40 remaining, Smith maneuvered the ball up the right side from midfield, eventually cashing in for a 4-0 lead.
Haylie Garner scored to make it 5-0 with 11:14 to go, then Smith completed the hat trick with a goal off a Rupp corner kick at the 6:23 mark.
“We are really blessed to have a lot of goal scorers on this team. And Abby is certainly one of them,” Schroeder said.
Wauseon got to have some fun in the final minutes while nursing a big lead.
They did so by allowing senior Ezra Dixon to play forward for the first time in her Wauseon career, and she was able to put one in the back of the net just north of four minutes remaining for the final Indian goal.
She’s actually played center back for us all her career. I mean, from when she played travel ball all the way through (to now). This was our Senior Night game, and just to get her in a position that was really kind of new to her and just fun. She’s like ‘OK coach.’ Just epitomizes the heart that she has and the fun that she has with this sport all her career. It was great to just send her out with a goal,” said Schroeder.
Wauseon (9-4-2) closes the regular season at home against Oak Harbor this Saturday at 11 a.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.