Vikings split opening soccer games

Evergreen girls soccer rebounded from a season opening 5-2 loss to Bowling Green Monday to defeat Toledo Rogers 8-1 on Tuesday. This already matches their win total from last season, the Vikings first as an OHSAA sport.

“Last year was our first as a varsity program,” said Viking coach Josh Radel. “We got enough numbers to get us sanctioned last year. It wasn’t as successful as we hoped but we did get one ‘W’. Coming into the summer we had a lot of girls who worked hard, we picked up a couple of freshmen through the system and a couple more who worked on the game. The improvement these girls have made in the last few weeks is outstanding. The opportunity this year is that I think we can surprise some teams.”

Asia Gensch put Evergreen ahead of BG five minutes into the game before the Bobcats tied the game by half and scored the first four of the second half before Gensch scored again.

However, the outcome was much different against Rogers as freshman Anna Huntzinger scored six minutes in on a feed from Gensch, and Sydney Kohler found the net on a rebound seven minutes later.

Gensch scored on a feed from Huntzinger, freshman Annabelle Hughes made the most of a steal in the goal box for a score, and Hannah Pennington retrieved a loose ball in front for a goal to make it 5-0 at the half.

Huntzinger and Hughes each scored their second of the game in the second half and Grace Bryson got another to counter Deja Scott’s Ram goal for the final seven-goal difference.

“I think we played a tremendous first half against BG,” explained Radel. “We moved the ball well, we possessed the ball the majority of the half and had a lot of first touches. Unfortunately the second half wasn’t the same picture.

“Tonight against Rogers we looked forward to getting back to getting first touches back on our side and came out really strong in the first half and did exactly what we wanted to do. Then in the second half we really tried to work on a possession game.”

After only 12 shots on goal against Bowling Green the night before, Evergreen fired 27 shots against Rogers.

Hannah Abram had nine saves against the Bobcats.

The Vikes now play NWOAL power Swanton Thursday at the Bulldogs’ place before returning home Saturday to host Paulding.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor