PERRYSBURG — The Wildcats have saved their best for last.
In its second-straight dominating performance, Napoleon defeated Rossford 4-0 in the Division II sectional final at the Glenwood Sports Complex Thursday night.
In two tournament games, the Cats have outscored their opponents 11-0.
Devin Boettner tallied three goals against Rossford and Ben Schumm made 13 saves to post his second consecutive shutout in goal.
“Devin did a good job of working with the ball in space,” said Napoleon coach Chris DelFavero. “He is left-foot dominant and defenses tend to force players to their left foot, and Devin is fine with that.
“Ben did another outstanding job,” added DelFavero. “Our two center backs, Trey Cruz and Chase Peckinpaugh, playing against two really good goal scorers, really shut them down.”
Napoleon had early opportunities, with three free kicks — all inside 25 yards — in the first 25 minutes of the game. Despite not getting a really good scoring chance off any of those chances, the Wildcats kept the offensive pressure on the Rossford defense.
It paid off near the end of the first half.
Luis Kaindlstorfer broke the scoreless tie, scoring after making a nice move inside the box to lose the defender. He then buried a shot from 5 yards away past the Rossford keeper with 7:06 left before intermission.
Less than two minutes later, Boettner scored after the Bulldogs gave away the ball deep in their half of the pitch, giving the Cats a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Boettner added a quick goal to start the second half, scoring off an assist from Kaindlstorfer less than three minutes after the first-half break.
Schumm then put on a goal-saving display, making three diving saves over the next 20 minutes of the game. In all he turned away eight shots in the second half.
Boettner put the game away with a goal, coming off a centering pass from Chase Sherman, with 3:08 remaining.
“In the past we have made the mistake of pulling back,” said DelFavero. “Some teams get a two or three goal lead and then are happy to sit back and play defense. We wanted to continue to attack and create chances.”
DelFavero said he was most pleased with how well his team attacked the ball, both on offense and defense.
“We preach all the time about being the first to the ball,” said the Napoleon coach. “Rossford is a good team, but I thought we did a good job of getting to the ball first and controlling it.”
Napoleon (9-6-3) advances to face Oak Harbor, a 5-1 winner over Sabdusky Perkins Thursday, in the Division II district semifinals Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Lake High School.