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08-29-03: Dramatic win for Celina girls

A year ago, Celina’s girls soccer team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to the hands of Findlay, and this year it appeared as if Celina would once again be heart- broken as it surrendered its one-goal lead 14 minutes into the second half.
A Shay Adams goal with three minutes left in the game changed all that though and gave Celina a little payback and a 2-1 victory to start the season.
The victory appeared to be especially sweet for Celina coach Dean Liggett, as after the game he strolled off the field with a wide grin across his face.
“That’s a victory that I think is one of the most exciting victories that we’ve had in the past couple years,” Liggett said. “The girls played great, they played hard for 80 minutes, and even at the end when we were looking a little tired, we took advantage of a couple opportunities.
“We had some girls out there that were banged up. Laura Snyder is banged up and didn’t play a lot in the second half until the very end, Robin Snyder didn’t know if she could play the second half because she wasn’t feeling well and Brittany Riesen’s foot has been black and blue for a week. We’ve got girls that are sacrificing themselves for the team, and every person played some kind of role,” added Liggett.
Celina’s big opportunity came when Adams scored her goal off a Jenna Schleucher corner kick in the 77th minute. The ball took one hop through the middle of the 18-yard box to a waiting Adams who struck a one-touch ball into the top-left portion of the net.
“We scored on maybe one restart play last year, it doesn’t happen often, at least not as often as it should,” Liggett said.
Adams was also involved in the Bulldogs’ first goal in the 23rd minute. Adams was streaking down the leftside of the field when Findlay keeper Brittani Croy charged off her line. Adams went left sliding the ball past Croy, and then served a perfect ball in front of an empty goal mouth. Lindsey Miller took advantage and netted her first goal of the season.
“Those are both girls that came off the bench, they are juniors and the seniors are starting right now, but those girls stepped up,” Liggett said. “I always said it doesn’t matter if you’re a starter, it’s what you do on the field and who’s in the game when the game’s on the line.”
Findlay had its share of opportunities in the second half, but had a few bad breaks with solid Bulldogs defense kept them frustrated.
Findlay did finally break through the stingy Celina defense in the 54th minute, when the Trojans crossed a ball into the middle of the box near the right sideline. Findlay’s Kate Turnow was able to jump on the loose ball and strike a left-footed shot to tie the game at one goal apiece.
The Trojans then had two golden opportunities when Caitlin Logan put a ball over the cross bar from eight yards out, and when Lydia Mikenas headed a ball over the crossbar with around 15 minutes left in the half.
Williams was tough in goal all night for Celina, though, compiling eight saves. Williams’ defense also did a good job of shutting down a powerful pair of forwards in Logan and Turnow. Logan now a sophomore, scored all four goals in the sectional final against Celina a year ago.
“We picked up the intensity in the second half in an effort to match Celina’s intensity, they came out the first half and really took it to us and I think it sort of surprised the girls a little bit,” said Findlay coach Kevin Veroneau. “They really showed the girls that they’re a team to take into serious consideration. We tried to step it up in the second half and match their intensity which I think we did, we just got unlucky and they hit their opportunities. When you don’t play two halves it allows for bad things to happen.”
Robin Snyder marked Logan for the majority of the game while Lauren Dammeyer checked Turnow.
“I was impressed with our defense because they were hurt and banged up, and I put Butturini (Carrie) in there along with Knapke (Tracie) and Meg Smalley,” Liggett said. “Those girls did their job, they didn’t do it for long, but they got a good 10 minutes in there and gave the other girls a breather, and that’s what a team sport is about.”
The Bulldogs defense surrendered 14 shots in the second half, but few came unchallenged.
After meeting each other the past three seasons in the tournament, both coaches noted that they’ll most likely have a rematch. Both coaches also said they expect it to be quite a bit different as it will be after roughly 16 more regular season games, but added they expect to see just as much emotion as they did tonight.
“This will be more than enough motivation for the girls, it will be a totally different game come the fall,” Veroneau said. “I hope Celina comes to it with just as much intensity, I know we will and we’ll see what happens. Maybe the ball will go in for us this time.”


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