Wauseon girls soccer relinquished three goals in the first 14 minutes in their home game with Van Buren Tuesday. The Black Knights then added two more goals and went on to defeat the Indians by a 5-0 final.
On the first charge not even 30 seconds in, Van Buren’s Lisa Simmons converted her breakaway on the left side past a diving Beth Yackee in the net for Wauseon.
No more than three minutes later, at the 36:52 mark of the opening half, Simmons got free at virtually the same spot on the field as the first goal and knocked it home to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
Simmons also converted with 26:06 remaining in the half on a nice hesitation move for a 3-0 lead.
Wauseon advanced deep into the Black Knight zone a few minutes later when Avery Giguere found an open Mya Suarez. However, Van Buren goalkeeper Marly McCartney covered up Suarez’ shot.
The Knights’ Amelia Durliat buried a shot from quarter field with 8:20 remaining to make it 4-0 lead at the break.
Van Buren reached the final tally with Simmons’ goal just eight minutes into the second half, her fourth of the game.
However, the Indians’ defense was much better after the break. Case in point, when Simmons got behind the defense from the right side with 31:36 left, Giguere showed her nice recovering speed by cutting off the attempt.
Yackee also made some nice saves in the second half. She first stopped a lob attempt by Gabbi McCracken at the 17:03 mark of the half. Then, perhaps more impressively, correctly timed a penalty kick attempt by Bri Lasley with 16:01 left in the contest.
Yackee recorded 10 saves total in the game.
Wauseon (3-1) opens up their NWOAL season today when they visit Bryan at 5 p.m.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010