Peppering the Wauseon goal with shots early, Evergreen was able to break through with 26 minutes to play in the first half and never stopped as the Vikings picked up its second Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer win, this time Thursday at Wauseon by a count of 6-0.
“They are starting to come together and we’re healthy,” Evergreen coach Joshua Radel said of the season. “The girls are starting to mesh and they are finding feet now. We’re starting to gel.”
Paige Radel did most of the damage, tallying a hat trick in the first half and finishing with four goals.
“Obviously, it’s an honor to coach your own kid,” added the Evergreen coach. “It can also be a challenge. The nice thing is that she is a talented young lady. The biggest thing we thought was to get her the ball and let her test them (the Wauseon defense). She started off kind of slow, unable to find the frame. Once she broke the ice, it was game on.”
Starting on the attack, Evergreen went after the net and finally broke through with 26:50 left in the half when Radel scored off an assist from Bekah Bowser.
“We wanted to test their defense right away,” admitted the Evergreen coach. “We wanted to hold the ball and see if we could play some nice through balls. With the kids starting to gel, we’re starting to get those things matching up and working.”
Wauseon countered, and appeared to have goal when Evergreen keeper Myra Kuszmaul came out of the box to stop a bouncing ball. Defender Emma Bettinger raced back and cleared the ball for the Vikings, and the defense also made a stop on the subsequent corner kick, leaving the Indians off the board.
“If you get one there, it’s a game,” Wauseon coach Brandon Schroeder said of the missed chance to tie the game. “It would have been a positive to build on and we just didn’t have any of that.”
The rest of the half belonged to the Vikings. Using her speed, Radel raced past the Wauseon defense and scored a pair of goals in the final 18 minutes of the half for a 3-0 score.
“We came in not knowing what to expect,” stated Schroeder. “They are a whole new team it seems like. It was hard to get any good material on them.”
Annabelle Hughes tacked on a pair of goals in the second half before Radel ended the scoring.
Evergreen (7-3-1, 2-2) has now won four games in a row and will play Tuesday at Bryan.
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