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Pettisville Soccer Celebrates Senior Day With Victory




Philip Roth dribbles the ball up the field for the Blackbirds. Pettisville is 10-5 on the season.-  photo by Scott Schultz

Philip Roth dribbles the ball up the field for the Blackbirds. Pettisville is 10-5 on the season.- photo by Scott Schultz

The Pettisville soccer team had a rough week last week, dropping two games but winning on Senior Day.

First on the Blackbirds’ schedule were the Ottawa Hills Green Bears on Tuesday, Sept. 30, a game which Pettisville lost 7-0. Lenawee Christian, a school from Michigan, played the Birds Thursday, Oct. 2. Pettisville had a goal disallowed and LC won 1-0.

The Birds hosted Wauseon for Senior Day, Saturday, Oct. 4, and won 3-1.

Pettisville is 10-5 with one regular-season game left at Bowsher, Thursday, Oct. 9.

Ottawa Hills 7, PHS 0

The Green Bears scored early and often, scoring four goals in the first half.

Ottawa Hills kept coming in the second half with three more goals, despite 17 saves during the game from Andy Switzer.

Lenawee Christian 1, PHS 0

Pettisville traveled to Michigan for a game with the Cougars.

Both teams started out playing good soccer. The Pettisville goalie made a diving punch, but the ball went straight up and was headed in by a Lenawee player.

Pettisville appeared to tie the game later in the half but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call.

Neither team scored in the second half for the 1-0 final.

PHS 3, Wauseon 1

Eight Pettisville seniors were honored before the game, with underclassmen presenting them with soccer balls signed by the entire team.

All of the seniors- Quinn Nofziger, Jordan Klopfenstein, Isaac King, Clay Norris, Jared Avina, Jeremy Rupp, Andy Switzer, and Jordan Lemley- started the game, and seniors scored all of the Blackbirds’ goals.

Pettisville scored the game’s first goal after Nofziger deflected the ball off of the Wauseon keeper and into the goal.

Rupp scored the first goal of the second half with a shot that floated over the goalie and into the net after King played the ball to the corner.

Wauseon came back with a shot that was partially deflected and then pounded into the back of the net by a Wauseon player.

Klopfenstein scored the final goal with a shot from inside the 18-yard line.

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