(updated 9 p.m.) Perrysburg girls soccer blanks BGHS, 4-0 (9-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 20:05
Perrysburg's Becca Patterson (2) kicks the ball as Bowling Green's Jana Cable (15) looks on during their game Wednesday evening. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Using 22 different players, Perrysburg posted a 4-0 win over Bowling Green Wednesday in Northern Lakes League girls soccer play.  PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘We wanted the opportunity for all of our players to have the confidence to be able to go out there and perform,’’ said Jorge Diaz, a co-head coach for the Yellow Jackets. ‘‘The game lent itself to do that. They (BG) were playing a very defensive game ... they had a lot of people in the box, and we had a hard time picking them apart.’’
The Yellow Jackets pulled its starting unit 15 minutes into the first half, to make the adjustment to BG’s style of play.
Diaz and Margaret Bernard, the other co-head coach for the Yellow Jackets, also talked with the team at halftime about adjusting to what the Bobcats were doing.
Perrysburg scored once in the first half, and had three goals in the second half.
‘‘We were able to pick them apart, and create some more goal opportunities,’’ Diaz said about the final 40 minutes.
‘‘They cleared their bench all game long, and the level of play really didn’t change much,’’ BG head coach Erin Webb said.
‘‘We focused early on, playing as a unit, moving together and making sure they were closing down the gaps, and I think we did pretty well,’’ Webb added. ‘‘We know they are strong in the middle, so we tried to put more players in the middle to try to help with that. They attack so well, and they attack in transition, you end up looking like you are playing so many in the back (on defense).’’
Two of Perrysburg’s three goals in the second half, came off corner kicks.
‘‘That’s definitely something we have been trying to take advantage of,’’ Bernard said about the corner kicks. ‘‘Today we did a good job of finishing.’’
Allex Brown scored two goals and had one assist to pace the Yellow Jackets.
Brown scored just over five minutes into the match, on a quick counterattack. Lindy DeLong got the ball to Brown, who set a hard left-footed shot past BG goalie Livvy Dill.
The Yellow Jackets maintained possession for most of the first half, many times having all 10 field players in the offensive half of the field.
In the second half, things quickly opened up for the defending Division I state champions, when Lucy Walton’s shot from in front, appeared to freeze Dill, before finding the back of the net. Brown had the assist on Walton’s goal just 2:52 into the second half.
DeLong delivered a corner kick to Brown in the box with 26:29 left in the match to make it 3-0.
Freshman Anna Kirby converted an Erika Joldrichsen’s corner kick into the final goal of the match with 20:42 left to play.
‘‘Once we got the opportunity to spread them out, penetrate, create the corners, create some of those opportunities, the team responded well,’’ Diaz said.
Dill had a busy game for the Bobcats, making 16 saves. Dill had nine saves in the first half and there was also a team save when Perrysburg had a shot hit off the crossbar in the opening 40 minutes.
‘‘They’re loaded. Even with losing some people from last year’s state championship team, they are solid all the way through,’’ Webb said.
Perrysburg’s Sara Baer and Peyten Young had a fairly uneventful evening, combining for the shutout. Baer made one save in the first half, and Young played the second half.
‘‘I was impressed with how hard they (the Bobcats) played. They played with lot of heart. They didn’t give up,’’ Webb said. ‘‘In the last minute of the game, the ball was going out of bounds and they were still hustling; still moving.”
Perrysburg is 5-2-2 overall, 4-0-1 in the NLL and Bowling Green is 4-7-1 overall and 0-5 in league play.
The Yellow Jackets face a tough stretch starting Saturday, facing Dublin Jerome, Toledo St. Ursula, Southview, and Magnificat in the span of eight days.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:15

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