A first half goal proved to be enough as Huron topped Swanton 1-0, ending the Bulldogs’ season Saturday at Krupitzer Field.
Huron was in control much of the first half, but quality scoring chances were hard to come by. However, the Tigers, took advantage when they got the opportunity.
A cross by Hayden Petee went off the hands of leaping Swanton keeper Amber Torres and to Emma Golling, who found the net to give Huron a 1-0 lead with about 23 minutes left in the opening half.
Swanton had trouble getting their offense going the entire game. Haley Nelson had a chance with three minutes left in the first half. She got deep into the box with a defender on her, but her shot was forced to the keeper.
Swanton’s best pressure of the second half came late as they tried desperately to tie the game. The Bulldogs had two late corners but couldn’t find the net and the NWOAL champions’ season ended in the sectional final.
Dogs trounce Eagles
Behind four goals from sophomore forward Bridget Harlett and two each by juniors Marisa Long and Haley Nelson, the Swanton girls soccer team defeated Toledo Christian 9-1 last Monday to advance in the Division III sectional tournament.
On a blustery day at Krupitzer Field, the Bulldogs scored first 6:19 in when Long finished off a pass from Nelson. Then, Nelson got into the action at the 24:38 mark of the first half on a give from Harlett to make it 2-0.
Swanton followed that up with another Harlett goal as she put one in with a Toledo Christian defender all over her, making the advantage 3-0 just past the halfway point in the half. Harlett and Nelson then showed great execution of a two-person attack, as Nelson centered one to her teammate who slammed it in to make it 4-0 with 12:26 left in the half.
With 9:52 remaining, Nelson scored on a second effort play after her first attempt was stopped, putting the difference at 5-0. Harlett then cleaned up a shot from Long that was blocked, scoring her third goal of the game to put the halftime difference at six goals to zero.
In the second half, Long increased the Bulldog lead when she eluded Toledo Christian goalkeeper Jori Schlievert who ventured too far from her box and scored at the 28:42 mark. Harlett would add a goal on an assist from Long five minutes later to put them up 8-0.
The only hiccup for the Dogs was a goal from Toledo Christian’s Nonye Williams at the 18:34 mark. However, Kaitlyn Anderson answered back for Swanton with a goal with 39 ticks remaining, equaling the final tally.
Drew Stambaugh contributed to the story