ONTARIO — The Galion girls soccer team saw the 2021 season come to an end on Wednesday night when the team fell to powerhouse Ontario 12-0 in a Division II sectional semifinal match.
“We knew coming into the game that they were a top five or top ten team in the state. We knew it was going to be tough defensively,” Galion head coach Cole Plumb said.
The No. 1 seed Warriors (13-2-3) started off the scoring at the 31:38 park when Kyla Spencer was able to score off an assist from Maggie Hoffman.
Spencer would add another pair of goals for the Warriors at the 29:58 and 14:07 marks, respectively. Spencer recorded a hat trick in the first half.
Ontario would tally two more first-half goals and lead 5-0 at the halftime. Hoffman added one at the 8:22 mark and Ontario would score another just a few seconds later.
“I thought our defense played really well with all of that pressure coming at them in the first half,” said Plumb.
Ontario controlled time of possession for the majority of the match and was able to produce an abundance of shots on goal.
The Warriors started off the second half with a goal from Adi Turnbaugh just two minutes into the period that increased the lead to 6-0. Morgan Carroll boosted the Ontario lead to 7-0 at the 23:27 mark
Chloe Hollar got into the scoring action at the 20:25 mark for Ontario. The Warriors would strike goal again at 18:48.
Elaina Seif recorded a goal with 13:45 remaining for the Warriors to hit the double-digit mark with 10 goals.
Ontario would continue the onslaught at the 9:24 mark when Mariah Cook sailed one over the Galion goalkeeper’s head into the net.
The Warriors were able to add one more goal to make it a 12-0 advantage with less than five minutes to go.
Galion, the No. 10 seed in the district, overall was able to put up a couple shots in the match.
“I think we definitely put them under some pressure with a couple of our opportunities. Just a couple mistakes or we would have had a couple on the board,” Plumb said.
Galion (4-11-1) has nothing to hang their heads about even with the season ending. The Galion girls team recorded four wins on the campaign, which is the most in school history.
“We took huge steps this year. We got a new field and won our first ever game on that field. Four wins was the most in school history, so we’re just going to build on that for next year and we get a couple more (players) to improve next year,” said Plumb.
Ontario will plat host to No. 9 seed Vermilion in a sectional championship match on Saturday.
In the other sectional semifinal match played Wednesday, No. 2 seed Madison blanked No. 8 seed Shelby, 8-0. Madison will entertain No. 6 seed Mansfield Senior on Saturday.
The other two sectional championship matches on Saturday feature No. 5 Sandusky Perkins at No. 4 Lexington and No. 7 Norwalk at No. 3 Clear Fork.
Lexington is the host site for the district semifinals on Oct. 27 and the finals on Oct. 30.
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