OTTOVILLE — Tuesday night was a tale of two teams going in opposite directions this year.
The senior-laden Lady Green took on the overmatched and understaffed Crestview Lady Knights team in a nonleague girls soccer match on a chilly, damp night at the Ottoville Sports Complex.
The Knights have only 16 girls on the roster and had one girl injured and one sick for the match.
The Lady Green used their experience and bench strength to come away with a 6-0 win on the night.
The first half was dominated by the Lady Green on the offensive side of the field. Senior Rachel Turnwald, sophomore Haley Landwehr, junior Monica Sarka and freshman Dana Eickholt consistently throughout the half pressured the Knights’ defense but were unable to come away with a goal.
Finally, at the 8:18 mark, Turnwald found an opening in the defense and slide a shot to the left of the Knights’ goalie, senior Darcci Swager, for the first and only goal of the half, giving the Lady Green a 1-0 lead.
The Knights did not threaten the Lady Green goal the entire half until the 1:40 and 1:00 marks when they had two corner kicks that were easily handled by the defense and never reached the goal.
The Lady Green outshot the Lady Knights 5-0 in the half.
The second half was a continuation of the first, with the Lady Green pressuring from all angles and giving Lady Green head coach Tim Kimmet the opportunity to empty his bench.
The home team added five more goals to its total on the evening.
At the 37:16 mark, Turnwald found Landwehr with a great centering pass, extending the lead to 2-0.
At the 32:39 mark, junior Kendra Eickholt boomed a shot by the Knights’ defense to give her team a 3-0 lead.
Landwehr got her second goal of the night at the 28:15 mark before exiting the game for the night with her team leading 4-0.
Two of the better Lady Green defenders got the opportunity to play a little offense in the final 10 minutes and took full advantage of it. Seniors Monica Buettner and Nicole Vorst scored goals at the 8:40 and 3:58 marks, respectively, to give the Lady Green the convincing 6-goal win over the Knights.
Kimmet was pleased with his team’s performance: “It seemed like we got off to a slow start but I was very pleased with our constant aggressiveness through the first half. It took a little while for us to get one in but once we did, it seemed like the tide changed in our favor. I know the Knights don’t have a lot of girls this year but they played hard on the defensive end. I thought our girls played very well tonight, actually better than last night’s game against Ada.”
The Lady Knights were unable to put a shot on goal for the entire match, unlike the Lady Green that ended with 14.
The Lady Knights (2-6-2) will next be in action at home for a 5 o’clock start against Jefferson. The Lady Green (8-2-1) will travel next Monday to Kalida for a key PCL matchup with the Lady Wildcats.
Crestview 0 0 - 0
Ottoville 1 5 - 6
Shots on-Goal: Crestview 0, Ottoville 14. Saves: Crestview: Swager (Crestview) 8. Goals: Ottoville - Landwehr 2, Turnwald, Kendra Eickholt, Buettner, Vorst.