NAPOLEON – It was a tale of two halves. Scoreless after the first 40 minutes, Liberty Center was able to end the girls soccer season for the Swanton Bulldogs with four goals in the final 40 minutes in a 4-0 decision in a Division III district semifinal Wednesday at Napoleon.
“I don’t know what we did different,” stated Swanton coach Jim Dickman. “We did everything the same from the first half. I’ll have to go back and watch the tape.”
Both teams had a chance to score in the first half. Swanton’s came 30 seconds into the game when Macy Pawlowicz missed an open net.
“That would have been huge,” Dickman said of the scoring chance.
Liberty Center’s chance came inside the final minute. The ball did get into the back of the net, but an offsides call nullified the score.
The second half was a different story. Breaking through at the 34:39 mark, the Tigers’ Cassidy Chapa found the back of the net three times. In between, Savannah Jenkins added a goal off a free kick that leaked between the legs of the Swanton keeper.
“Again, I don’t know what happened,” mentioned Dickman. “We had breakdowns somewhere.”
After holding the Tigers to two shots on goal in the first half, Liberty Center took six in the second to finish with an 8-4 advantage.
The Bulldogs lose just one senior off a team that finished 8-6-4.
“Bridget Harlett is my only senior,” closed Dickman. “We start and play up to eight freshmen. We’ll be back. For a young team to play in the district, that was huge.”
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