The first shot was turned away, but just about everything else went Swanton’s way as the Bulldogs blanked Evergreen 9-0 at Krupitzer Field Thursday to kick off Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer play.
Viking keeper Hannah Abram stopped Bridget Harlett on Swanton’s first shot, but that only kept the game scoreless for an extra three minutes. The freshman twin connection of Aricka to Averie Lutz headed in the first goal with 31:43 left in the opening half.
From there, the offensive attack was on. Aricka Lutz put a shot through the keeper’s hands two minutes later, then Averie Lutz tacked on another goal at the 21:31 mark. Averie Lutz added one more, plus Aricka Lutz hit back of the net from the corner of the box to extend the lead to 5-0.
“They did a great job,” Swanton coach Jim Dickman said of the game. “Not our best game, but still a good game. They did a lot better against Ottawa-Glandorf.”
The seniors on the team also got involved as Kirsten Truckor used some nifty football to sneak the ball past her defender and into the net. She also hit Harlett with a pass for another goal for a 7-0 lead with 2:34 still left to play in the half.
“We’re seeing the best early in the season and everything else is downhill for us,” Evergreen coach Joshua Radel said of Swanton.
Looking for one more, Harlett found herself at the right place – in front of the net – and timed a kick perfectly to make the score 8-0 with four seconds left in the half.
“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” Dickman said of his offensive attack. “We’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of good players. It’s overwhelming sometimes for the other team.”
Swanton’s lone second-half goal came with a price. With 3:19 left to play, Sarah Kohlhofer saw an empty net as the Evergreen keeper came out to play a loose ball. Kohlhofer and the keeper played the ball at the same time, with Kohlhofer able to deflect the ball into the net. Unfortunately, she made contact with the keeper and needed to be helped off the field after the goal.
“Sarah is going to be fine,” Dickman said of the injury to Kohlhofer. “She’s just going to have to ice it. That’s a good thing. They (both players) went at it (the ball) at the same time and it twisted her leg, but she got her foot on the ball. She’ll be alright.”
Last Monday, Swanton earned a hard-fought 5-3 victory on the road over Ottawa-Glandorf.
They were led by Haley Nelson who recorded two goals and two assists. Aricka Lutz, Averie Lutz and Harlett also had goals for the Bulldogs.
Goalkeeper Amber Torres made 11 saves for Swanton.
Evergreen earned an 8-1 victory at home over Toledo Rogers last Tuesday. After the loss to Swanton, the Vikings shut out Paulding 5-0 at home on Saturday.
Swanton (3-0, 1-0 NWOAL) plays another league game Tuesday when Liberty Center comes to town. Evergreen (2-2, 0-1) hosts Delta the same night.