With continuous offensive pressure and stellar play from a pair of freshmen, Swanton girls soccer defeated Milan Edison 4-0 at home Wednesday to win a Division III sectional championship.
Despite their senior leader Haley Nelson and junior Bridget Harlett leaving the game with injuries, the Bulldogs persevered.
They scored first when Julia Hightower centered one in front of the net and Averie Lutz redirected it past Edison goalkeeper Elizabeth Pruitt for the goal, making it 1-0 at the 28:24 mark of the first half.
Then, Averie’s twin sister Aricka Lutz, curled a corner kick into the back of the net to extend the Bulldog lead at 2-0 with 18:02 left in the half.
“That was an awesome shot,” said Swanton coach Jim Dickman. “She bent it just right and it went in. That was awesome the way she hit the ball.
“Her corner kicks and everything have been really great, it’s just, we haven’t been able to find the net with them. And today we did.”
Swanton’s midfield also had a good day, for the most part keeping the ball on Edison’s side of the field the entire game.
“Midfield stepped up tonight and it was better than we’d played in awhile. I’m happy about it,” noted Dickman. “That was even with Haley (Nelson) out, and Bridget (Harlett) is not 100 percent. So we took her out because we didn’t want her to get hurt anymore.”
In the second half, Aricka Lutz then found Averie Lutz open in front on another corner kick and she headed it in for a 3-0 lead with 25:17 remaining. Averie Lutz got another goal a little less than four minutes later to finish off scoring on the afternoon.
“They both stepped up. It was probably the best game they’ve played all year,” said Dickman on the Lutz twins.
Swanton now moves onto the district tournament at Genoa where they will take on the host school Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010