The Press Newspaper
Local soccer teams are already starting to show success — the Lake boys have a 3-2 record and defeated local powerhouse Genoa 3-2, and Clay boys tied perennial state power Sylvania Southview, 2-2.
The undefeated Northwood girls (3-0-2) opened their soccer season with what Coach John Turkal called “a surprising” 4-0 win over Delta, and it’s been on cruise control for the Rangers ever since.
“The Rangers quickly established control of the match with a goal by Jessica Grindle,” Turkal said. “The quick Rangers led 3-0 at the half. Delta’s Amelia Kern made several runs on goal, however the Ranger defense neutralized her. Freshman goalie Megan Hess had an outstanding night recording her first high school shutout.”
Northwood goals were scored by Kayla Kurth (2), Grindle, and Becca Avery. Amy Steenbergen and Kurth each had an assist, and the Rangers outshot the Panthers 18-14. Hess had 14 saves in goal.
The next game, Northwood opened its home soccer season with a 2-1 victory over Rossford. Again, Turkal said the Rangers established control with a goal by Grindle. Assisting Grindle on one goal was Emily Henzler.
But Rossford’s Rachel Swope tied the game with a free kick, but that was all Rossford was to write as Hess recorded her second win, but only needed five saves to do so. The Rangers outshot the Bulldogs 11-8.
“The Rangers played tenacious defense to shut down the Rossford offense in the second half,” Turkal said.
Traveling to Cory-Rawson, Northwood got a tougher test but met the challenge with a 1-1 tie.
“The match was extremely physical with the young Rangers scoring first on a goal by Kayla Kurth near the end of the first half,” Turkal said.
Cory-Rawson’s Cassandra Frantz scored the equalizer midway through the second half.
“Both teams had opportunities to score but could not finish,” added Turkal.
But the Rangers got back on track by routing Start, 8-2, in a televised BCSN game behind two goals each from Henzler, Avery, Grindle, and one each from Marissa Ramirez and Kaylee Kovacs, which was Kovacs’ first high school goal. Northwood out shot the Spartans 25-7, and Hess only needed six saves.
Grindle was named BCSN Player of the Match as Northwood scored three goals by halftime. Turkal said the Rangers “began to substitute liberally in the first half” and every Northwood player got into the game.
The other tie was a 2-2 deadlock with Otsego Wednesday night in a Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer League match. The young Rangers led at halftime 2-0 on goals by Grindle and Kurth, but the Knights came back and tied the game on what Turkal called “a spectacular corner kick” by Aimee Whitmer.