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Perrysburg's girls soccer opens with win (8-28-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 22:54
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Perrysburg's Allex Brown (18) is congratulated by teammate Hannah Salmon (21) after her second goal against Springfield. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
HOLLAND — Last season Perrysburg’s girls soccer team went undefeated and won the Division I state championship.
And while there are some high expectations this fall, the current team is looking to make its own mark. PHOTO GALLERY
The 2013 edition got off to a strong start with a 4-0 season-opening win over Springfield Wednesday. After a scoreless first half, Perrysburg scored three quick goals in the second half to put the game away.
‘‘We were forcing it a lot because there was a ton of pressure on us, that we need to score,’’ Perrysburg senior Lucy Walton said about the first half. ‘‘We have to get rid of all those expectations from last year, relax, and play.
‘‘We’re a different team. We have to get in this groove and figure out each other, all over again.’’
Margaret Bernard a co-head coach of the ’Jackets along with Jorge Diaz, said the team should not worry about the expectations of others.
‘‘This is a new team, this is a new identity. We are going to set our own standards. We are not going to compare ourselves, we’re just going to recreate ourselves,’’ said Bernard. ‘‘We are setting our own goals and trying to meet those.’’
While other area teams have already started their season, Perrysburg had a change in its schedule and has been practicing and waiting to play and that might have led to some of the first half jitters.
‘‘Every team is going to come out and play us super hard; they want to knock us out,’’ Diaz said. ‘‘This is good for the girls, because they need to have their A game all the time.’’
‘‘Any eye-opener is good. It’s hard coming into a season to know what to expect,’’ Bernard said. ‘‘We know that other teams are going to play us based on how well we did last year; that’s their mentality.’’
Perrysburg had several good scoring chances in the first half, but Springfield goalkeeper Erika Myers, a freshman, made seven saves and there was one team save.
At halftime, Diaz said the coaches told the team to relax and play their game and ‘‘if you do the things you are supposed to do, everything is going to fall.’’
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Springfield's Carley Rockman (14) and Perrysburg's Sarah Quimby (16) collide during game.
In the final 40 minutes, the Yellow Jackets were a calmer team, moved the ball well in the offensive zone, and were able to finish.
‘‘We definitely responded in the second half and stepped up, played our game, and were effective,’’ Bernard said. ‘‘We’re ready to build on this, and continue to grow as a team.’’
The combination of Walton and Allex Brown proved to be lethal for the ’Jackets.
Just 1:08 into the second half, Brown crossed the ball from the right wing into the box and Walton finished, coming in from the left side.
Just over four minutes later, Walton returned the favor, putting the ball into the box along the goal-line and Brown was there to tap it into the net.
The duo combined again about five minutes later when Brown headed in Walton’s corner kick to make it 3-0.
‘‘You know you can always count on Allex for a great header,’’ Walton said.
The three goals came in a span of 10:02.
‘‘Lucy is a great finisher. Allex is a good finisher. They were second and third in goals last year,’’ Diaz said.
A pair of freshmen combined for Perrysburg’s final goal. Kayla Curson got the ball to Anna Kirby, who quickly turned and sent a high blast into the upper right corner of the net, from about 30 yards out, with 17:24 left in the match.
While the offense was able to convert in the second half, Perrysburg’s defense played well the entire game in limiting Springfield’s opportunities. Perrysburg goalkeeper Sarah Baer had to contend with several balls in her area, but the Blue Devils did not have a shot on goal.
‘‘I think we did OK. The first half was tough, but the second half was better,’’ Walton said. ‘‘I feel we have a lot more that we need to work on, and we’re going to come back and be even stronger.
‘‘We’re not even to our full potential yet.’’
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:33
 

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