Swanton girls soccer had their winning streak in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play snapped Thursday as they fell at fifth-ranked Archbold 1-0.
“It was a good game and we fought all the way to the end,” said Swanton coach Jim Dickman after the game. “We know our conditioning’s good. We know everything is good. So, we just got to work more now in the weight room and that. Because we can’t get pushed off the ball.”
It was their first league loss since the 2014 season.
The Blue Streaks got on the board 5:42 into the contest when Emie Peterson slipped a pass to Grace Mayer who fired it past Swanton goalkeeper Amber Torres for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs had more scoring chances in the second half as opposed to the first. Kyleigh Koback nearly had an open shot at the 27:23 mark but the Archbold defense was able to clear it before she could get a shot off.
Then, however, Torres showed off her skills in the net.
A defensive miscue by the Bulldogs allowed an open look from Peterson, but Torres slid in to make the save, keeping the margin at 1-0 with 17:30 left to play.
“I felt like the first half we pretty much controlled possession of the game,” explained Archbold assistant coach Jennifer Kidder. “We just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had. We didn’t finish. We had so many scoring opportunities, but their keeper (Torres) did an awesome job. She had some great saves.”
Peterson had another shot in front of the net just over three minutes later, and this time Torres was able to swat it away.
“Amber is probably the best goalie in northwest Ohio. She doesn’t get enough credit from anybody,” said Dickman.
With time running down, Swanton nearly pushed one into the net to tie it up.
Kirsten Truckor controlled the ball up the left side of the field with less than a minute remaining when she spotted teammate Aricka Lutz flashing open in the middle. Lutz couldn’t quite handle the pass and the Dogs’ effort was not awarded with a goal.
“We had a lot of shots on goal, we just couldn’t find the net tonight,” concluded Dickman. “The second half, we were down here (by Archbold’s goal) a lot more. We’ll see them again. It’s not a problem.”
Swanton responded with an 8-2 home win over Maumee on Saturday.
Haley Nelson scored four times to lead the Bulldogs on offense. Averie Lutz, Harlett, Truckor and Maya Vargas also had goals for Swanton.
The Dogs traveled to Woodmore Monday and will visit Delta today at 5 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010