|(updated 5:35 a.m.) Perrysburg girls soccer blanks Maumee (10-9-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:36|
The victory clinched a share of the Northern Lakes League championship for the Yellow Jackets, now 11-2-2 overall. Perrysburg and Anthony Wayne share the league title, both going 6-0-1. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in the league season. It’s the third straight league title for Perrysburg, who is the defending Division I state champion.
‘‘It’s real exciting. I’ve been playing here for four years, and it’s a good way to end it all,’’ said senior Lucy Walton, who scored twice and assisted on a third goal for the Yellow Jackets.
All three goals came in the second half, as Perrysburg co-head coaches Jorge Diaz and Margaret Bernard talked to the team about desire during the 10-minute halftime.
‘‘The halftime speech always pumps us up,’’ Walton said. ‘‘I feel like we’re more intense, and we know what we have to do to get the job done.’’
‘‘The other teams want to beat us here at home, so they play a little bit harder,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘Our girls are playing their game, but sometimes they don’t have that desire.
‘‘The speech we gave them was about desire, and we told them with everything else being equal, you have more talent. We expect them to play harder, and win the balls and they did.’’
Meanwhile senior goalie Sarah Baer made four saves as the Yellow Jackets recorded their ninth shutout of the season. Perrysburg is 8-0-1 in games where it has not allowed a goal.
The Yellow Jackets played good team defense in front of Baer, and she was aggressive coming off the line as well as being in the right position to help record the shutout.
‘‘At the beginning of the year, I think I was really rusty,’’ Baer said. ‘‘With all support from the team, helping me out I feel I’ve gotten a lot better.
‘‘It’s nice we can work really well together,’’ Baer said about the defense in front of her. ‘‘If something happens and the ball gets through, they kind of direct me and tell me where to pass it.’’
The Yellow Jackets can use seven different players on defense, Diaz said, with all of them able to play multiple spots in the back four.
‘‘We have kind of come together, and they support each other very well,’’ Bernard said about the defense.
The match was a physical contest from the start.
‘‘We expect Maumee to come out hard every single time,’’ Walton said. ‘‘We just plan for it, and play accordingly.’’
Both teams had chances in the first half, but could not convert. Maumee had a shot hit the crossbar and Baer also came out to make a nice play to thwart a potential goal-scoring opportunity. Maumee’s Jacq Korsog had five of her six saves in the first half.
With 31:30 left in the match, Walton crossed a ball into the box, and teammate Allex Brown was unmarked and tipped the ball past Korsog. A Maumee defender had missed an opportunity to clear the ball away. It was Brown’s 16th goal of the season.
Less than 15 minutes later, Walton scored unassisted, as Maumee again failed to clear the ball from in front of the goal.
Then with 2:28 left to play, Walton scored another unassisted goal. She has six goals this season.
‘‘Lucy is one of those players that no matter where you put her on the field, she works really hard, she fights for every inch, and she never gives up,’’ Bernard said.
Maumee’s Maddy Woolford was a threat almost every time she touched the ball, until she had to leave the field in the 72nd minute with an injury. Woolford, who has committed to the University of Toledo, had two shots go over the goal and another go wide in the second half.
‘‘We want to use her size (6-foot-1) to distract the offensive player, to make it tougher on that player,’’ Diaz said about Baer. ‘‘Woolford made an incredible run, a couple of times she got through, but Sarah was there at the right place, cut the angle and nothing happened.’’
Perrysburg closes out its regular season Saturday at Hudson.
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