GENOA – Swanton ran into a buzzsaw Saturday against Archbold in the Division III girls soccer district final at Genoa. The Blue Streaks scored three goals in the first 20 minutes and a total of five in the first half, defeating the Bulldogs 6-1 to advance to the regional tournament.
Notching the Blue Streaks’ first goal was Andi Peterson, making the score 1-0 at the 30:20 mark.
Swanton goalkeeper Amber Torres tried to stop a shot from Macy Peterson dead in its tracks less than two minutes later, but the freshman put it through Torres’ legs for a 2-0 lead.
Kamryn Hostetler then put one in from just inside the penalty box with 20:05 remaining in the first half.
Archbold’s Regan Ramirez got behind the defense for a goal with 10:10 remaining, then Macy Peterson recorded her second goal of the game to make it 5-0 at the half.
The Streaks added to their lead when Macy Peterson centered a ball to her older sister, Emie Peterson, who finished it off and made it 6-0 with just over 12 minutes gone in the second half.
Aricka Lutz of Swanton had a direct free kick shortly after the Emie Peterson attempt, but her shot was gobbled up by Archbold keeper Leah Hall.
But, the freshman would put Swanton on the board with 1:32 remaining to close out scoring.
Dogs fight off Comets
Swanton got off to a fast start, then had to overcome a second half rally by Genoa as Aricka Lutz’ goal on a free kick with 1:19 to go lifted them to a 4-3 victory in the district semifinal Wednesday.
She had three goals total for the Bulldogs while twin sister Averie Lutz had the other goal.
“Both of them have done really well,” said head coach Jim Dickman of the Lutz sisters. “They are twice the player from when they started back in June. They’ve learned a lot from Haley (Nelson). They’ve learned a lot from all the upperclassmen. That’s been great for them.”
Swanton’s first goal of the game resulted from beautiful execution between Julia Hightower and Aricka Lutz 11:43 into the game.
Hightower sent a crossing pass through the air in front of the net and Lutz headed it in. Not even three minutes later, Aricka Lutz fired one from 15 yards away that found its way past the keeper for a 2-0 Swanton lead.
A scrum in front of the Bulldog net led to a Kendall Gerke goal for Genoa with 12:02 left in the half, cutting Swanton’s lead in half.
However, with just over five minutes left, Averie Lutz cleaned up Tonya Timpe’s free kick that bounced off the crossbar, making the halftime advantage 3-1.
“We had a great first half,” noted Dickman. “We were hacking it up, the girls were all hacking it up at halftime. And we told them, they (Genoa) were gonna come back out hard. And they did.”
After having numerous near misses in the first half, the Comets were able to find the back of the net after halftime.
Their first score of the half came on Valerie Marquardt’s penalty kick at the 37:35 mark. They tied it at three on Tatum Neumann’s shot from the right side with 34:22 remaining.
Before Swanton scored the go-ahead goal, their keeper Amber Torres helped keep the Comets out of the net.
Neumann had a breakaway with 10:49 to go, however, Torres would not allow easy access and her shot missed to the right. Then, Megan Davis added a quality shot from the left side of the net that was saved by Torres with 8:03 to go.
Swanton would be awarded a direct free kick with 1:19 remaining and they made it count. Aricka Lutz was successful on the try and their defense held serve for the final minute and change.
“It’s a great team. That’s all I can say,” said Dickman on bouncing back after losing the lead.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010
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