GALION — Galion’s boys and girls soccer team each picked up wins Tuesday on the home-turf at the Galion City School’s campus.
The girls opened the night with a 2-1 win over Highland 2-1, giving Cole Plumb his first victory as Galion coach.
In the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the boys team beat Highland 1-0 to start their season on a high note.
Playing their second game in as many days, things got off to a bit of a slow start in the girls game. In fact, no one scored in the first half, as Highland controlled the ball for most of the opening 40 minutes.
“We were playing a little lazy at first and I told themthe first five minutes (of the second) needed to be high-pressure, high-intensity,” Plumb said. “And if we do that, we’ll win the ball back and get a quick goal.”
The Tiger ladies took control of the ball after the break. They got on the scoreboard first thanks to a goal from Adriana Zeger at the 47-minute mark. The Tigers would not take long to strike again as Kaisey Speck booted in her third goal of the young season just two minutes later.
Highland avoided the shutout however, finding the back of the net past Galion goalkeeper Dru Singer at the 61-minute mark in the second half. But the Tigers’ defense hunkered down after that and kept the Lady Scots from striking again,
“We played a full 80 minutes today,” Plumb said. “The effort was there and we got to every 50/50 ball, which was big. Dru was strong in the net and that really saved us.”
Singer finished with 10 saves
On Tuesday, Mount Vernon beat Galion7-2. Singer finished with seven saves. Speck had both Galion goals.
Up next for the Lady Tigers will be their first Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference, at River Valleyo n Wednesday, Aug. 28. The following day, Galion plays at Westland.
Galion boys win 1-0
Following Tuesday’s girls game, the GHS boys opened their season.
The first half came and went in similar fashion as that of the girls meeting as both teams entered the break with nothing on the scoreboard.
But Galion’s Walker Frankhouse scored on a rebounded shot off his head at the 47-minute mark to give Galion a 1-0 advantage and that’s all the goals the Tigers needed. Entering the season as the top-saving goalkeeper in the MOAC the past two seasons, senior Stephen Thompson stopped 16 shot attempts from the Scots on the night to help preserve the victory.
“That first half was not the way that I knew they could play,” said boys coach Eric Palmer. :But we came out in the second half and really dominated. “I just told them to play our game and do the things that we’ve worked on in practice and win more of the balls in the midfield. I’m very, very happy with the result.”
Galion was at Kingsway Friday and will return home to open MOAC play against the River Valley Vikings on Wednesday, Aug. 28. On Saturday, Aug. 31, the Tigers will have a rare opportunity as they head to Columbus to play North Olmstead inside MAPFRE Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.
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