For much of the first half, Evergreen couldn’t find the back of the net on great scoring chance after great scoring chance.
But sophomore Sydney Woodring turned a chance that really wasn’t that good into an Evergreen goal late in the first 40 minutes, and the Vikings added three more tallies in the second half to blank Wauseon in girls soccer, 4-0, before a good size crowd at Pifer Field Thursday.
Evergreen evened their Northwest Ohio Athletic League mark at 2-2 with the victory. Wauseon dropped to 1-3 in the league.
“It seemed like were playing flat in the first 20 minutes,” Viking coach Josh Radel said after. “We told the girls to start finding feet and connect the passes and get some shots outside of the keeper. It seemed like for a while everything was right at the keeper.”
The keeper Radel spoke of was Indian goalie Marie Hutchinson who stopped nine straight Viking shots, along with a couple of high quality chances that missed.
Woodring’s bullet off a rebound just went over the crossbar nine minutes in, then a Woodring look that turned into an open look for Paige Radel from about 20 yards out went just wide right a few minutes later.
Emma Bettinger’s shot from the left side with 10 minutes left in the half looked like it was on line but Hutchinson came out of nowhere for a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
That changed with 6:09 to go in the half when Woodring got her foot on a bouncing ball in front and lofted a shot over Hutchinson’s head to give Evergreen a 1-0 lead.
Wauseon had few chances in the first half as Evergreen outshot the Indians 17-3.
The best chance the Indians had to score came from Kadence Carroll from about 25 yards away which Jordan Lumbrezer made an easy corral.
Unlike the first half, Evergreen struck lightning fast in the second half as Radel scored from 30 yards away on an assist from Kayla Gleckler just 19 seconds into the second half.
Briley Rupp had Wauseon’s best chance in the second half nine minutes in, but her shot was right at Lumbrezer.
Hutchinson kept the Indians in the game with a great save by Gleckler at the 30 minute checkpoint, and another against Asia Gensch ten minutes later to keep the margin at 2-0.
However, with 16:35 on the clock, Woodring’s punch ahead found Gensch one-on-one with the goalie and the senior attacker scored to make it 3-0.
Just over two minutes later it was Gensch again, this time taking a pass from Bettinger and scoring on a sharp left-to-right crossing shot from left of the net for a 4-0 Evergreen lead.
“We work hard on those give-and-go’s,” Radel explained of the two goals by Gensch. “We talked at half and told everyone to again find feet. Sometimes we get a little ahead of ourselves and kick the ball around too much. But we said just find feet and play the small ball and good things will happen.”
Hutchinson had a whopping 22 saves on 35 Evergreen shots.
The combination of Lumbrezer and Joclyn Schuster faced just eight Wauseon shots with the pair making five saves between them.
Evergreen (8-4) hosts Bryan Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org