|Perrysburg-AW play to 1-1 tie in girls soccer (9-12-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:10|
Both teams are 2-0-1 in the NLL, while Perrysburg is 2-1-2 overall and AW is 5-3-1.
The match between the two close rivals was played before a good crowd at Anthony Wayne.
‘‘We were a little bit stronger in the second half (with the wind),’’ said AW head coach Lori Williams. ‘‘They (Perrysburg) were stronger in the first half.
‘‘The game plan was to make sure we won the 50-50 balls. We struggled for sure with that in the first half,’’ Williams added. ‘‘We wanted to make sure we set the tone, and again really struggled with that in the first half.’’
Perrysburg’s Josie Fowler scored with 17:01 left in the first half. A sophomore, she showed good speed and ball control to advance the ball and then hit a 30-yard blast high into the net.
‘‘We know that Josie can move the ball around,’’ said Jorge Diaz, one of Perrysburg’s co-head coaches. ‘‘She scored a beautiful goal in the first half.’’
The Generals had two good opportunities in the first half. Just over five minutes before the Yellow Jackets scored, AW had two chances on a scramble in front of the net, but goalie Sarah Baer covered the ball. Baer had six saves in the first half.
‘‘We had a scrum down there. We had three good chances. We have to bury those in the first half,’’ Williams said.
Then with just over 10 minutes left in the first half, AW’s Abby Allen brought the ball right down the middle of the field, but Baer made a diving save.
Allen scored the equalizer with 36:44 remaining in the match. Allen’s initial shot went off the left post, but she was there to put in the rebound.
‘‘That’s Abby Allen in a nutshell right there,’’ Williams said. ‘‘She’s just a scrappy player, and she’s going to create chances for herself.’’
Both teams had opportunities to score again, but several good efforts were either high or wide. Baer had three saves in the second half and there was one team save for the ’Jackets. AW’s Taylor Hill had six saves in the game, but only one in the second half.
Baer did come out further off her line in the second half in an effort to control balls in the box.
‘‘She might have gotten a little more comfortable, and that’s the reason that she was coming out more,’’ Perrysburg co-head coach Margaret Bernard said, adding the coaches stressed having better communication between the defenders and Baer.
‘‘To be fair, she’s a raw goalie; she’s learning and she’s developing,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘She has to make some decisions, good or bad, you have to go instead of (staying) in between.’’
Six minutes after Allen tied the match, Perrysburg’s Lindy DeLong had a left-footed shot from 25 yards out, go over the goal.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, AW’s Susan Nutter had her effort off a restart from 45 yards, go over the top of the goal.
Then in the span of less than a minute, the Yellow Jackets had two good chances, with Fowler’s left-footed shot and Lucy Walton’s cross into the box.
In the final two minutes, Perrysburg’s Allex Brown had a high shot that was off-target and Fowler’s low effort went wide.
‘‘We had some opportunities around the goal we didn’t finalize,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘We played good enough to win the game, but give credit to Anthony Wayne because their girls were fighting.’’
The match was Perrysburg’s fourth in eight days.
‘‘Notre Dame beats them one-nil on Monday and then they have to come back two days later and play us, with some battered legs I would suspect. I just think that was an unbelievable gutsy effort from Perrysburg,’’ Williams said.
Bernard said the Yellow Jackets didn’t let the loss to Notre Dame effect them.
‘‘Mentally, they did come out tough; they were ready to play the game,’’ Bernard said.
Diaz said the Yellow Jackets used their bench in the first half, but did not use as many substitutes in the second half.
‘‘In the second half, we wanted to see what we had ... We decided to stay with the people who were working hard,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘This is a good test at the beginning of the season ... It was good to see that our girls are able to stay (on the field) for 40 minutes with no problem.’’
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