Swanton took the lead just shy of two minutes into their home girls soccer match against Woodmore on Saturday. However, the Bulldogs could not muster much offense after that as the Wildcats scored twice and came away with a 2-1 victory.
“We just lost control of the middle of the field,” said Swanton coach Jim Dickman on the difference in the game.
After having a goal taken away from her by Woodmore goalkeeper Phoebe Jackson in the first minute, Swanton’s Haley Nelson got a ball on the left side and knocked it home at the 38:03 mark to make it 1-0.
“She is definitely one of our best offensive players,” commented Dickman on Nelson.
Both teams continued pressuring the opposing defense in the first half, including Swanton’s Kaitlyn Anderson who slammed a put back shot back toward the goal but it was knocked away by Jackson with 28:23 remaining.
Woodmore knotted the score when Claire Rothert booted one in at the 24:54 mark.
Swanton looked to answer with 12:28 to go as Julia Hightower got free up the left side and sent one to Nelson. But before she could get to the ball, Jackson intercepted it to keep the margin at 1-1.
In the second half the Dogs had an early attempt from Bridget Harlett, but for the most part it was the Wildcat offense that was more aggressive.
Their effort paid off at the 27:54 mark when Hayley Freund knocked one in off a corner kick to break the tie.
“They are gonna have to dig deep and figure out if they’re gonna come out and play or not,” said Dickman of his team that is now 1-2-1 on the season. “If we would have kept up the pressure like we did in the first half it would be a different game. So, they’ve got to figure it out.”
Bulldog keeper Amber Torres kept them within one by stopping several Woodmore shots, including a hard hit missile off the foot of Carly Rothert with 18:30 to go.
Defense was not the problem for the Dogs, it was offensively where their coach saw them struggle.
“Defensively we are sound,” said Dickman. “Our three defenders back here are tough. They are tough to get by.”
Swanton will look to get back in the win column on Monday when they visit Toledo Central Catholic.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010