After taking down previously unbeaten Wauseon two days before, and with a pair of huge games on the horizon, it would’ve been easy for Evergreen girls soccer to fall into that “trap game” syndrome against Northwood Thursday.
That lasted all of about 12 minutes as the Vikings peppered Ranger goalie Zoe Turner with 34 shots, seven of which found the net in a 7-1 win to boost Evergreen to 8-1-1 on the season.
Tuesday night is was a Paige Radel goal, a header on a feed from Kayla Gleckler that beat Wauseon.
Thursday it was Radel again opening the scoring on a great feed from Kiersten Taylor that put the Vikes on the board with 28:36 left in the first.
“Actually it was Bentlie Setmire who pulled the ball off the back line to start that play,” Evergreen Coach Josh Radel said, describing the Vikings’ winning goal against the Indians. “Then Kayla had a heck of a cross that Paige heads into the back of the net. At that point we felt pretty good where we were at.
“Tonight it turned into a dogfight for a while; their keeper was amazing. We mixed it up tonight, had all the seniors start. We didn’t come out on fire as much as I thought we would but that’s a credit to the keeper.”
The junior keeper stopped Radel three other times and made ESPN like saves on a number of other chances before Sydney Woodring stole a pass and split the Rangers’ middle, ripping one to the back of the net with under 10 minutes to go for a 2-0 advantage.
The real barrage came in the second half as Woodring chested in a corner from Raegan Radel four minutes in, then two minutes later Woodring chased down a corner and punched a pass to Paige Radel in front of the net for the Vikes fourth tally.
Paige Radel scored off a throw in feed from Hannah Double, then it was Woodring and Radel accounting for the last two, assisting each other for the final Evergreen scores.
Randi Wison scored Northwood’s goal with a minute left when she lofted a shot that carried with the prevailing 20 MPH wind over everyone into the net.
“I told our kids at half to play their game and pass because we were playing into a 20 mile an hour wind,” explained Coach Radel. “They came out on fire, scored on a couple set pieces and made the wind a non-factor.”
Before that, the net pair of Callie Benner and Kenzie Mitchey were spotless in goal.
Evergreen now has matches with Whitmer and Archbold on the horizon.