Swanton girls soccer shut out by Ottawa Hills in district semi


By Max Householder - [email protected]



Megan Haselman of Swanton (18) gets to a ball in the Division III district semifinal game with Ottawa Hills Tuesday night at Genoa.

Megan Haselman of Swanton (18) gets to a ball in the Division III district semifinal game with Ottawa Hills Tuesday night at Genoa.


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Swanton’s Alaina Mersing (6) challenges Annika Padhye of Ottawa Hills for the ball. The Bulldogs struggled to contain Padhye, who finished the game with a hat trick, helping lead the Green Bears to a 5-0 win in the district semifinal.


Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

GENOA — Ottawa Hills made good on its chances while Swanton could not connect, leading to a 5-0 win for the Green Bears over the Bulldogs in a Division III girls soccer district semifinal on the campus of Genoa Area Local Schools Tuesday night.

The Bears jumped on top 5:56 into the game when after a throw-in from the sidelines, Annika Padhye fed the ball in front to Lily Richardson for the finish and 1-0 lead. At the 29:32 mark of the first half, Padhye would score herself from just inside the penalty area for a two-goal margin.

Prior to the second Green Bear goal, Swanton had a shot from Alaina Pelland plus a follow-up from Megan Haselman that were both turned away by the Ottawa Hills goalkeeper.

Also, Swanton’s Jessica Finfera nearly was able bend her corner kick in for a goal, but it was just of the mark.

Ottawa Hills put the game out of reach with three goals in the first 8:17 of half number two.

Padhye finished one in front 2:04 in, she completed a hat trick at the 35:39 mark after an attempt from Haselman was thwarted at the other end, then Liz Lathrop finished the scoring with a goal with 31:43 remaining.

The Bulldogs’ best chance to score down the stretch came with 11:30 to play. Pelland was straight on with a free kick attempt from approximately 25 to 30 yards out, however, the shot missed left of the net.

Swanton ends the 2022 season at 8-9-2.

Megan Haselman of Swanton (18) gets to a ball in the Division III district semifinal game with Ottawa Hills Tuesday night at Genoa.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/10/web1_Haselman-at-districts.jpgMegan Haselman of Swanton (18) gets to a ball in the Division III district semifinal game with Ottawa Hills Tuesday night at Genoa. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Swanton’s Alaina Mersing (6) challenges Annika Padhye of Ottawa Hills for the ball. The Bulldogs struggled to contain Padhye, who finished the game with a hat trick, helping lead the Green Bears to a 5-0 win in the district semifinal.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/10/web1_Mersing-v.-Padhye.jpgSwanton’s Alaina Mersing (6) challenges Annika Padhye of Ottawa Hills for the ball. The Bulldogs struggled to contain Padhye, who finished the game with a hat trick, helping lead the Green Bears to a 5-0 win in the district semifinal. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.