|Perrysburg girls soccer beats Northview, 4-1 (9-4-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 04 September 2013 21:39|
The Yellow Jackets girls soccer team held a 1-0 lead at the half. Sophomore midfielder Josie Fowler assisted on all three goals in the second half to help Perrysburg improve to 2-0, both overall and in the Northern Lakes League.
‘‘The kids knew that they were playing well in the first half. They were possessing the ball well, they were making good runs,’’ said Perrysburg co-head coach Margaret Bernard. ‘‘It really just takes the players to step up, and make it happen; finish off what you are doing well.
‘‘We’re not asking them to do anything they all don’t have the capabilities of doing. It’s just settling in, getting comfortable, and playing their game.’’
Junior forward Allex Brown said that the second-half motivation comes from Bernard and co-head coach Jorge Diaz.
‘‘(They) definitely get that spark back in us at halftime,’’ Brown said. ‘‘It seems kind of odd, because you should start out strong. But it’s always them that definitely sparks us up, and we come out stronger in the second half.’’
With just over 21 minutes left in the first half, Perrysburg’s Lucy Walton had her shot from the left side, just slip past the far post to keep the game scoreless.
Brown finally broke through with a good finish, off a pass from Rachael Olmstead, with 8:01 left in the first half.
‘‘It great to get the starting goals for the team, and get everyone’s confidence level up, thinking we can all do this. And it gives more chances for the rest of our team to shoot, which makes the rest of our team more dangerous, and it makes us better all-around, ’’ Brown said.
In the final seconds of the first half, Walton made a good pass into the box, but couldn’t connect with a teammate to finish.
Brown had a header go off the crossbar early in the second half before Perrysburg scored three times in the span of 5:50 to take control of the match.
Brown, on an assist from Fowler, scored from in front of the goal with 34:33 left to play. It was Brown’s fourth goal of the season.
With 30:40 remaining, Walton, on assist from Fowler and Olmstead, was able to beat Northview goalkeeper Kathleen Duwve.
Northview scored its only goal of the game with 29:39 remaining. Perrysburg goalkeeper Sarah Baer came out to punch the ball away, but freshman Lily Powell was there to knock the ball into the open net.
Sarah Quimby closed out the scoring, again on a pass from Fowler, with 28:43 left in the game.
‘‘‘In the first half, Northview came out and played us very, very tight,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘It was difficult for us to get into a good rhythm. We were pressing, and not taking the smart shots.
‘‘In the second half we were able to spread them out, and penetrate with good passes, with through balls,’’ Diaz continued. ‘‘Our forwards looked good; they finished.’’
Duwve finished with seven saves and Baer made one save.
‘‘The defense is going to be key to our success this year. They are going to be very tough to get through,’’ Bernard said. Perrysburg has allowed only one goal in its first two games.
Perrysburg faces a tough four-game stretch starting Saturday with a nonleague match at Columbus Bishop Watterson, followed by a Monday game at Toledo Notre Dame, a Wednesday Sept. 11 contest at NLL-rival Anthony Wayne, and then a home nonleague game with Middletown Bishop Fenwick, the defending Division III state champion, on Sept. 14.
‘‘It’s definitely a lot harder, and more difficult schedule than last year ... We’re excited,’’ Brown said.
‘‘It’s a great thing, we want to see where we are,’’ Diaz said about the schedule. ‘‘We were (Division I) champions last year, and people want to play us to see what we have.
‘‘We had some holes in our schedule, and we wanted to play good competition,’’ Diaz added.
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