The Swanton boys soccer team notched its first win of the young season Monday night, defeating Start 3-2.
The Bulldogs first got on the scoreboard just past the midway point of the first half as freshman Xander Gilsdorf found the back of the net.
“The first half we started off strong and moving the ball well,” said Swanton coach Joe Hensley. “Because of that we got a goal from Xander Gilsdorf and Riley Hensley had the assist.”
However, Start answered with 8:04 remaining in the half and the score would sit at 1-1 at halftime.
It took Swanton just 49 seconds to break the tie in the second half. The goal came off the foot of Hensley.
Almost three minutes later, at the 36:16 mark of the second half, Zach Schaller scored to make it a 3-1 game.
The Spartans tallied a goal with just under 17 minutes to go, but the contest was stopped with 15 minutes to play due to darkness.
Jonathan Byczynski (2) and Hensley had assists for Swanton.
The Dogs had some quality opportunities in the first half that did not find the back of the net.
At the 24:56 mark, Zach Wernsing had a look from just beyond the penalty box. He tried to get his shot over the Spartan goalkeeper but the save was made.
Hensley had a shot that went off the crossbar with 20:51 left in the opening half, then Wernsing’s putback attempt was corraled by the keeper.
“All around, I told the boys I was pleased with the effort in the second half and if we play possessive soccer, we can be a really good team,” said coach Hensley.
Swanton followed that with a 12-0 win over Waite on Thursday. Hensley scored five goals, Zach Schaller four, Cole Mortemore two and Byczynski one.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010