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10-16-03: Bulldogs walk all over Spartans, 10-0


FINDLAY — The Lady Bulldogs soccer squad started its Division I tournament run with a dominating 10-0 win over Lima Senior at Graham Memorial Soccer Stadium on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs had 27 shots and seven corner kicks to build a 5-0 first-half lead.
Celina now gets a few days rest before taking on Bowling Green in the sectional championship game Monday at 5 p.m. Bowling Green also started the tournament well, as it knocked off Fremont Ross by a 5-1 score.
The Dogs got the scoring going early as Laura Bonvillian scored her seventh goal of the season on a Beth Braun cross in the fifth minute.
Four minutes later, it was Brittany Riesen scoring after Jenna Schleucher ripped a shot that Spartan keeper Stacie Heffner was unable to handle cleanly as Riesen put the rebound away for her 10th goal of the season.
“I’m pleased because a lot of times we have the tendency to lag in the first 10 minutes, and sometimes we have the tendency to not bring our ‘A’ game for every opponent,” said Celina coach Dean Liggett. “Some of the girls that scored tonight got their opportunity and they seized it. Andrea Bryan got her first goal, I think the first goal of her career. Kelli Williams had her first goal of the season and Megan Schneible had two goals.”
Schneible scored Celina’s third goal off some nice combination passing from Lindsey Miller and Bryan. Schneible scored her second goal 46 seconds before halftime while Meg Smalley had Celina’s other first-half goal.
The second half mirrored the first with Celina controlling all aspects of the game.
Shay Adams and Bryan both had early goals to extend the Bulldogs lead to 7-0. Carrie Butturini then got in the 62nd minute, and Williams, who had played keeper in the first half and all year for the Bulldogs, registered a goal while playing in the field in the second half. Riesen also scored her second goal of the game in the final 10 minutes.
For the game Celina outshot Lima Senior 43-1.
Liggett said he was pleased with the victory but added his squad has some work before Monday’s game.
“Passing, passing, finishing and passing,” Liggett said. “Passing and finishing, it doesn’t matter who you play, you have to have those elements of the game. Going in against BG and hopefully against Findlay if we get past BG, that’s what we have to do. We can’t have a long ball game, we have to have passing and work on the pace of the pass. We work on first touch every day, although at times it might not seem like it,” he said with a laugh, “But we do and at this time of the season I don’t know what you can do to improve your first touch. Right now we have to realize that’s not the strength of our game, and work on things that are our strengths which is passing and finishing.”
Liggett and the Dogs did have a chance to get a peak at BG who played immediately before their contest.
“BG is a solid team, I’d say they’re comparable to us, I don’t think they necessarily have the same caliber defense that we do, so I’m hoping we can test their defense quite a bit,” Liggett said. “When Fremont Ross did get down there and test them, BG’s keeper looked a little unsure of what she wanted to do. Fremont was on top of them 1-0, had a chance to go up 2-0, and then all of a sudden BG woke up and started dominating the midfield play.”
Celina moves to 14-1-2 while Lima Senior ends its season at 2-15.


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