Swanton girls soccer tops Van Buren in opener


Kirsten Truckor with winning goal

By Max Householder - mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com



Swanton’s Kirsten Truckor (3) works the ball around Jocelyn Masters of Van Buren Friday in the girls soccer season opener. She would score the winning goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory.

Swanton’s Kirsten Truckor (3) works the ball around Jocelyn Masters of Van Buren Friday in the girls soccer season opener. She would score the winning goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory.


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Aricka Lutz of Swanton, left, handles the ball as Hannah Missler defends for Van Buren.


Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Morgan Pine advances the ball upfield for Swanton Friday against Van Buren.


Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton girls soccer opened its season in thrilling fashion, scoring with five seconds left to earn a 3-2 home win over Van Buren Friday.

With the clock running down, Bulldog freshman Aricka Lutz had a corner kick down in the Van Buren zone. She got a second chance when the first was knocked out by the Black Knights. The kick made it to the far side of the net where it was knocked in by senior Kirsten Truckor.

The Bulldogs grabbed the lead early on Bridget Harlett’s shot from the left side at the 33:32 mark of the first half.

That lead lasted until 8:34 into half number two.

The Black Knights sent the ball back upfield and it found its way to Lisa Simmons who found the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Hannah Missler gave Van Buren the lead with a goal at the 20:56 mark, making the score 2-1.

Over six minutes later, Swanton’s Tonya Timpe had a straight on shot, however, it was scooped up by Van Buren goalkeeper Hannah Betts.

Swanton ramped up the pressure in the closing minutes which led to the tying goal. Lutz and Harlett were the main culprits, but Haley Nelson picked up the loose change for a goal that tied the game with 11:26 left.

The Dogs continued to pepper Betts with shots, leading to the winning goal.

After a match at Ottawa-Glandorf Monday, Swanton plays host to Evergreen on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Swanton’s Kirsten Truckor (3) works the ball around Jocelyn Masters of Van Buren Friday in the girls soccer season opener. She would score the winning goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/08/web1_Truckor-footwork.jpgSwanton’s Kirsten Truckor (3) works the ball around Jocelyn Masters of Van Buren Friday in the girls soccer season opener. She would score the winning goal with five seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Aricka Lutz of Swanton, left, handles the ball as Hannah Missler defends for Van Buren.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/08/web1_Lutz.jpgAricka Lutz of Swanton, left, handles the ball as Hannah Missler defends for Van Buren. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Morgan Pine advances the ball upfield for Swanton Friday against Van Buren.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/08/web1_Pine-advances.jpgMorgan Pine advances the ball upfield for Swanton Friday against Van Buren. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise
Kirsten Truckor with winning goal

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010