Swanton was sitting comfortably holding a 3-1 lead over Liberty Center with three minutes left until halftime, then a converted penalty kick seemed to change the momentum. The Tigers trailed by just one at the half, pumping out three more after the break in a 5-3 victory in Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer Tuesday.
Samantha Engler converted the PK opportunity at the 1:10 mark, only 1:51 after Aricka Lutz elluded defenders for a Swanton goal.
The Tigers did a better job in the second half of limiting the touches of Lutz and the rest of the Swanton forwards. They tied it with 17:33 remaining when Carly Roth banged one home from 25 to 30 yards out.
With 12:50 to play, a shot initially knocked away by a Bulldog defender found its way to the Tigers’ Cassidy Chapa who buried it in the back of the net, giving the road team a 4-3 lead.
Chapa closed the scoring when she slipped one by Swanton goalkeeper Frankie Nelson with 6:01 remaining, putting a bow on the victory.
In the first half, LC went on top less than three minutes in thanks to a Lydia Ball boot from the right side.
However, the Dogs proceeded to go on a tear.
At the 34:38 mark, Lutz just beat a Tiger defender to the ball in their zone, and when that person fell to the ground, Lutz put it in the net tying the score. She later scored from just outside the penalty area as the ball trickled in the left corner with 26:45 left in the half.
Lutz also had a chance to put the Tigers further in a hole when she was tripped by the LC keeper, thus being awarded a PK with 19:41 before halftime. But her attempt was knocked up in the air and saved.
Swanton plays host to Genoa Saturday at 1 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010