Getting one final game in against a quality opponent before the tournament starts, Archbold broke a scoreless tie when Macy Peterson scored with 10 minutes left as the Streaks finished off Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls soccer play with a 1-0 win Thursday at Evergreen.
“Chances are we will see them again,” Archbold assistant coach Jen Kidder said of Evergreen. “I would hope in the district semifinals. It was a good game. We’ve had some injuries, so for us to come out and get a win tonight, that was huge.”
The win by the Streaks snapped a six-game winning streak for the Vikings.
“You just saw a very good game between two competitive teams,” said Evergreen coach Joshua Radel. “Unfortunately, a mistake here or getting unlucky there and someone squirts one in the back of the net, that was the difference tonight.”
The goal by Peterson ended what had been a half with chances for the Bluestreaks. Dakota Stamm opened the second half by banging a header off the corner of the net, plus Chloe Nofziger had a shot that was saved by Evergreen keeper Myra Kuszmaul from a sitting position in front of the net.
Peterson found space in front of the net and scored with 10:07 left for the lone goal of the contest.
“That was a great shot,” said Kidder. “Macy has finished so strong for us. The last few games she has stepped up huge. One goal was all we needed to win and it was a beautiful shot.”
The Vikings had opportunities in the opening half. Outshooting Archbold 9-4, Sydney Woodring represented the best chance, but her attempt with 25 minutes left in the half was turned away.
“One of our goals in the first half was to get our set pieces going and get some connections in the middle,” stated Radel. “We had some opportunities, unfortunately, most went right at the keep (keeper).”
With a solid second half, Archbold evened the shots in the game at 11 each.
“The wind was huge,” stated Kidder, as the gusts picked up throughout the night. “We possessed the ball a little bit better in the second half. Turning around and having the wind at our back helped.”
Both teams will wait for Saturday, when they will both host sectional championship games.
For Archbold, the Streaks will get either Miller City or Paulding.
“We’ve got to get people some healing time,” Kidder said on what the team will do between the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason. “We’ll hit it hard all week long and be ready for Saturday.”
Evergreen will host Ottawa-Glandorf for the first soccer tournament game in history to be played at Pifer Field.
“History in the making,” beamed Radel. “Ottawa-Glandorf is coming to our house and we are looking forward to the challenge. I think we’ll be ready for it.”
Both games Saturday will begin at 2 p.m.
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