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.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010