The Archbold and Wauseon girls soccer teams were so evenly matched that after playing to a 1-1 tie during the regular season, it took double overtime to decide a winner in their Division II district semifinal game, Thursday, Oct. 28, at Otsego High School.
The Indians scored with about two minutes left in the second 15-minute overtime period to advance to the district final with a 1-0 victory.
The Indians won the district championship with a 3-0 victory over Genoa, Saturday, Oct. 30, at Lake High School.
They are scheduled to play Ontario in a regional semifi- nal, today, Wednesday.
Two Pretty Equal Teams
“It was a very wellmatched game,” said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold assistant coach. “Two pretty equal teams. Both defenses are very equal.”
The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, but after both teams drove to Otsego it was cancelled due to high winds.
It was still blowing on Thursday, but, “I don’t think the wind affected it as much as we thought it would going into the game,” said Kidder. “And then the wind really died down.
“It was a huge difference from the beginning of the game to the end of the game, in terms of the wind. When we got to overtime, the wind wasn’t even an issue anymore.
“We’ve played in worse, that’s for sure.”
The Blue Streaks thought they won when Trisha King appeared to score in the second OT, but one of the referees disallowed the goal, saying it didn’t cross the line. Wauseon scored the winning goal shortly thereafter.
“To say that it was just 30 minutes extra doesn’t give those girls enough credit,” said Kidder, “because it was just constant running the whole time. Everyone had to have been exhausted.”
Streaks Go 15-2-2
Five seniors– Alicia Drewes, Trisha King, Ashley Davis, Hannah Leininger, and Ellen Yoder– led the team to its most successful season in school history.
“Archbold’s never had a record as good as this,” said Kidder. “To finish 15-2-2 is outstanding.
“We had a great team this year. They worked so hard. The team morale, I think, was the best ever since James (Kidder, head coach) and I have been coaching the team.
“Everyone worked so well together. They were there for each other, supporting each other at every single game. It was a great season.
“Girls soccer is getting so good around the area. It’s so much more competitive… Wauseon, Bryan, Archbold, Napoleon, everyone around here. We have strong teams. We’re lucky that there’s always good competition.
“You never know what’s going to happen any given day. Our girls did awesome this season.”