On paper, given the sharing of the nickname Bulldogs, you might expect the girls’ high school soccer game between Rossford and Swanton to be somewhat of a dogfight. On the field, however, it was anything but. With seven goals coming from six different players, the hometown Bulldogs easily defeated the visiting Bulldogs, 7-0, in a non-conference game played last Monday at Swanton’s Thomas F. Krupitzer Field.
Played in sweltering 86 degree heat that forced the teams to take a break every 20 minutes instead of the standard 40, Swanton unleashed a ferocious offense attack, scoring six times in the first half while the Rossford offense countered with very little bark and virtually no bite.
Attacking from the right side, Taylor Pelland got the offense rolling, putting the Dogs on the board after only 3:21 had ticked off the clock. Swanton kept the pressure on and scored again when Kirsten Truckor found the back of the net at the 29:15 mark. Just 23 seconds later, Erica Keller blasted one in from 30 yards out on the left side to give the hometown team a 3-0 lead.
The onslaught continued when Shae Hallowell sent a scorcher just under the crossbar to put Swanton up 4-0 with still more than 64 minutes to play in the contest.
The Dogs found the net twice more in the first half and took a 6-0 lead to the intermission. Before the start of the second 40 minutes Rossford coach Mike Pierce requested, by way of a game official, that the second half be played with a running clock. Given the score and the heat, Swanton coach Jim Dickman agreed.
For the first 11 minutes of half number two the Dogs kept in the starting lineup and maintained the relentless pressure on Rossford goalie Abigail Haynes. But Haynes, who actually stopped far more shots than she let in, kept the starters scoreless.
With a little less than 29 minutes remaining coach Dickman made wholesale changes, emptying the bench and making no other substitutions for the rest of the contest. Julia Hightower scored late in the game to make the final 7-0.
“Our goal was another shutout and that’s what we did,” said Dickman after the game. “That was a huge thing for our defense. We have some young ones on our defense and we’re trying to build their confidence.”
Truckor led the Swanton offense with two goals and two assists. Pelland had a goal and two assists while Harlett added a goal and an assist. Keeper Amber Torres had five saves for the defense.
Swanton (3-1) is at Woodmore tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.
Bill O’Connell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org