WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Four different Lady Tigers scored as Liberty Center held Northwood to two shots on goal in a 4-0 non-league win over Northwood Tuesday at Widewater Retreat.
Aubree Hollenbaugh, Alyssia Giesige, Libby Crawford and Samantha Engler each scored for Liberty Center.
“If we keep the passing up like this, we’re going to be really hard to defend,” Liberty Center assistant coach Chad Ball said after the win. “We’ve been working on trying to get our shots off earlier and getting to the ball faster. Just doing the things we’d been doing earlier in the season, but doing them faster.”
Hollenbaugh got the scoring started for the Lady Tigers in the 12th minute of the first half, cleaning up a scoring chance started by Cassidy Chapa and putting the ball in the back of the net to give LC the lead for good.
Giesige followed less than one minute later to push LC up 2-0.
“It was actually really big to score early, because we did a lot of changing and adjusting to our front line,” Ball said. “Getting the girls used to where they’re not used to playing and having them move around was big. So was having them get that early, because I think that helped them settle in.”
Crawford followed with her tally roughly 20 minutes later, right before the halftime whistle, to give the Lady Tigers a 3-0 lead at the break.
Coming out of halftime, LC senior goalkeeper Riley Miller was initially waved off the field with a red card as the result of a collision at the top of the penalty area.
The Liberty Center sideline objected and the officials convened, eventually changing the card to a yellow, but LC switched out Miller with backup keeper Morgan Garber, who finished the game in net for the Lady Tigers.
Engler netted her tally in response just minutes later, her 29th of the season, to push Liberty Center up 4-0 as the Lady Tigers cruised to the win from there.
LC put five shots on goal in the second half, compared to one for the Lady Rangers, and out-shot Northwood 12-2 for the game. Miller recorded both saves for Liberty Center, as the Lady Tigers did not yield a shot on goal after the substitution.
“It’s huge to have three games like this going into the tournament,” Ball said. “The league stuff is done and over with, and in all reality, these games don’t mean a whole lot. They’re good practice. We wanted to run some new formations and get a few games to run them in, and that’s big.”
Ball pointed to one upcoming matchup in particular that could help the Lady Tigers come tournament time.
“We have a big test coming up on Saturday against Crestview,” Ball said. “If we can get this settled in before then, that would be nice.”
Liberty Center (10-3, 4-2 Northwest Ohio Athletic League) travels to take on Toledo-Bowsher tomorrow at 7 p.m. in non-league action.