Josh Adcock scored the first goal of the game and the first goal of the second half, then quickly added a third for a hat trick in leading the Swanton boys soccer team to a resounding 9-3 home field triumph over Delta in the Bulldogs’ opening contest of the season.
Not only was the win important for Swanton in terms of the NWOAL standings, it also gave former assistant and new head coach Kris Krupitzer his first career victory and it came on the field that was named in his father Tom’s honor just a few short weeks ago.
“We finally came together as a team,” said Krupitzer who admitted to a heavy mixture of nerves and excitement before the game. “All preseason it’s been a little haphazard. Jekyll and Hyde type of stuff. Today they came together and put forth a wonderful effort.”
It was an evenly played affair between the two young squads in the very early going until Adcock drilled a shot towards the Delta goal that was blocked by out stretched goalie Cade Long on a nice save.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, Long hit the ground as the ball bounced right back to Adcock who fired it to the back of the net, giving the Dogs a 1-0 lead with just 4:34 gone in the game. The early goal gave Swanton momentum and the offense began to assert itself, spending a lot of time on the Delta side of the field.
At the 24:39 mark A.J. Wolford blasted a shot past Long and Tanner Prentice scored with an even 15 minutes left in the half to put the Dogs on top 3-0.
The Panthers finally got on the board with a little more than five minutes remaining when Anthony Russell sent a crossing pass into the Bulldog crease that caromed off a Swanton defender and into the net, trimming the Delta deficit to two, 3-1 where the half would eventually end.
The second 40 minutes began with an offensive eruption as four goals were scored in the first three minutes and 22 seconds. Adcock banged home his second with only 1:05 gone from the clock. Trevor Schaller followed that up 20 seconds later to give Swanton a 5-1 advantage.
Soon after, Ethan Myers went more than half the field and lined a shot into the upper left hand corner to keep Delta relatively close at 5-2. The scoring blitz finally ended when Adcock slipped in his third goal of the game by giving the home team an insurmountable 6-2 lead.
“It was crazy. A lot of shots. A lot of goals,” said Adcock after the blowout win. “We’ve got a really good team this year and we really expect some good things.”
The Dogs scored the next three goals as Prentice and Schaller each tallied their second and Tanner Callicotte booted in his first. Delta added a goal late in the game to make the final 9-3.
“We made some mental mistakes,” said Panther coach Charlie Franklin, himself beginning his first year at the helm. “We’ll overcome those in the next few days. We’ve got Wauseon on Thursday. We’ll recover from this and see what we’ve got.”
Swanton will take on the defending NWOAL champion Bryan Golden Bears at home tonight starting at 4:30 p.m. Delta, now 0-2, will entertain Wauseon beginning at 5 p.m.
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