After a long stretch away from competition, the Archbold girls soccer team won three straight games, including an important Northwest Ohio Athletic League win over defending league champion Swanton.
The Streaks also defeated Liberty-Benton and Ottawa- Glandorf in non-league play to keep their record unblemished, 7-0, 2-0 NWOAL.
AHS is ranked sixth in Division III in the latest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association weekly poll.
AHS 1, Liberty-Benton 0
Archbold took to the pitch, Monday, Sept. 11, to battle the Eagles (5-2-1) at Woodland Park.
It was their first game since Aug. 29, when they defeated Bryan.
The defenses came up big, as the Streaks put the only goal on the board from Regan Ramirez with an assist from Emie Peterson with 17:13 left in the first half.
AHS 1, Swanton 0
The two teams favored to win the NWOAL met in Woodland Park, Thursday, Sept. 14.
Swanton entered with a record of 6-0, 2-0 NWOAL, while the Streaks were 5-0, 1-0 NWOAL.
It took AHS less than six minutes to seize control when Grace Mayer took a pass from Peterson and blasted a 10-yard shot past Swanton keeper Amber Torres for a 1-0 lead with 34:18 on the clock.
Archbold continued to attack but was turned away by strong goalkeeping.
Swanton finally came alive in the latter part of the first half, but the Blue Streak defense stopped every attack.
“The first half we pretty much controlled possession of the game, but we just didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had,” said Jennifer Kidder, AHS assistant coach.
“Their keeper did an awesome job and had some great saves.”
Archbold had chances to put the game away in the second half but couldn’t get the ball past the Swanton keeper.
Swanton turned up the pressure and went after the Streak defense, but Archbold’s bend-but-don’t-break defense was up to the challenge, keeping the Bulldogs scoreless to hold on for the crucial NWOAL victory.
“It’s always scary in the end like that, but the defense stood their ground and did what they had to do to get the win,” said Kidder.
“The number-one goal for the season for our girls was to win the league– especially for our seniors. So we just checked one more box to get a little bit closer to that.” AHS 5, O-G 1
Archbold played at Spengler Field the first time this season, Saturday, Sept. 16 against the Titans (1-6-3).
Chloe Nofziger started the scoring with a goal just 5:19 into the game.
Emie and Andi Peterson scored the next two goals, and Ramirez scored the fi- nal goal of the first half with 17:01 left for a 4-0 lead.
Mayer scored the last Archbold goal of the game with six minutes remaining while the defense played another solid game, allowing only one goal in the second half after four straight shutouts.
Brooke Kohler, Macy Peterson, E. Peterson and Mayer each had an assist.