Wauseon girls soccer got a goal in the first 10 minutes of their home matchup against Napoleon on Tuesday, then did a nice job of playing keep away as they held on for a 1-0 win.
“We were kind of nervous coming in,” admitted Wauseon coach Jordanne Marks. “Napoleon’s always been a really strong team and we are very young this year. Offensively I knew we would be ok, defensively I was a little worried. We are very young back there. We lost some great players (heading into) this year.
“We hung tight. We are looking pretty good.”
The Indian offensive attack in the opening half and the game for that matter, was paced by sophomore Jaydelin Vasvery. At the 34:06 mark Vasvery pushed a shot from about 15 yards out wide of the net, then with 32:40 remaining, had a blast from the right side that was gobbled up by Wildcat goalkeeper Bethany Blackwood.
However, no less than two minutes later she was given a breakaway opportunity by teammate Avery Giguere and she cashed in, sliding a shot from right to left past a diving Blackwood for the game’s only score.
“Last year she was on defense for us because we were short defensive players,” said Marks of Vasvery. “So this year it was great to get her back at forward because she is a very strong offensive player. She is kind of pushing through some injuries right now, but overall she is doing great.”
The defenses from both squads stiffened throughout the rest of the half as the best chance was a threat from Giguere on the left side but she got too deep and the shot was easily stopped by Blackwood.
In the second half Napoleon was doing a good job of keeping the ball on their half, however, they failed to produce many scoring chances. Outside of a shot on goal by Mason Shepard just a little over a minute into the second half, there weren’t many chances for the Wildcats.
For Wauseon, Giguere had a shot ricochet off the post with 26:33 remaining, while Torri Bost’s boot from 10 yards out with 24:58 left was stopped by Blackwood to keep the margin the same.
The Indians had a late offensive push with less than 10:30 to play as well, but nothing found the back of the net and the contest came to a close.
Giguere had the lone assist for the Indians and goalie Hannah Spadafore notched 12 saves.
Wauseon (2-0) is at Defiance on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
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