Josie Morales

Napoleon’s Josie Morales attempts to head the ball into the net following a corner kick during a high school girls soccer match at Wauseon High School Monday.

WAUSEON — The Lady Indians scored a pair of goals in the final seven minutes of the first half to break open a close game and pull away for a 5-0 win over Napoleon Monday at Wauseon High School.

Leading 1-0, Kadence Carroll made a long pass past the Napoleon defense to Abby Smith, who found the back of the net with 6:58 remaining in the first half.

Smith scored her third goal of the half two and half minutes later, with Rylee Vasvery assisting on another long pass through the Napoleon defense for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Wauseon opened the scoring with a goal by Smith at the 22-minute mark, but the Lady Cats responded and had several scoring chances.

Kari-Anne Lindberg’s blast from 30 yards out was tipped just high and banged off the crossbar less than two minutes after the Lady Indians’ first goal.

With 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half, Napoleon had solid scoring chances on back-to-back corner kicks. Josie Morales had both, with her first knocked away by Wauseon defender Eva Menetti and the second — a header — going just wide of the net.

Wauseon added a pair of goals in the second half, with Ellie Rodriguez scoring off an assist from Carroll for a 4-0 lead and Vasvery capping the scoring after Carroll’s third assist of the match.

Marie Hutchinson had four saves for the shutout.

Wauseon (7-0-1) hosts Archbold Thursday in a Northwest Ohio Athletic League match, while Napoleon (1-5-1) hosts Bowling Green Wednesday for a Northern Lakes League contest.

Springfield 3, LC 1

LIBERTY CENTER — Springfield scored a pair of second-half goals to a break a halftime tie and post a 3-1 win over Liberty Center in high school girls soccer Monday at Rex Lingruen Stadium.

The Lady Tigers scored first, with Alyssa Giesige scoring off a corner kick by Peyton Armey less than four minutes into the game.

Springfield tied the game with 24 1/2 minutes left in the first half before the two goals after intermission for the win.

Tarryn Hollenbaugh returned from a knee injury and made seven saves in goal for the Lady Tigers.

Liberty Center (4-3) hosts Evergreen in NWOAL action on Kip Kern Field Thursday.

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