Dave LaRocco knew defense would be a pivotal factor for his Findlay High girls soccer team this season.
At Elmer Graham Stadium on Monday night, that proved to be the case.
Junior goalie Marissa Wintrow posted a shutout and Findlay got solid defensive play all around, limiting Celina to six total shots in coming away with a 0-0 tie in the season opener for both teams.
Findlay, with 16 letter winners returning from last year’s 11-5-2 team, actually dominated on offense as well, outgunning Celina 14-6 in total shots. Celina goalie Callie Vogel proved to be as stingy as Wintrow, however, making six saves for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a 14-3-4 season that saw the Bulldogs reach the Division I regional finals.
Wintrow, a junior who replaced four-year starter Olivia Bair in goal for Findlay, had two saves.
Halle McCleave spearhead Findlay’s defense with a team-high four steals. Alexis Gray had two steals and three intercepts, Elizabeth Alexander a steal and three intercepts and Jenna Marie Hohman a steal and two intercepts.
Findlay continues a season-opening three-game home stand when the Trojans host Lexington at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.
SWANTON — Ottawa-Glandorf overcame a 1-0 deficit with three second-half goals, including two in a three-minute span, as the Titans opened their 2014 girls soccer season Monday with a 3-1 win over Swanton.
Megan Siefker’s goal seven minutes into the second half tied the match 1-1. Erin Basinger put O-G ahead with 14:27 left, and Brooke Beach added an insurance goal 2:24 later.
O-G outshot Swanton 18-5. Cassie Schroeder made three saves for the Titans. Taylor Pelland came up with 15 saves for Swanton.
GOALS: (O-G) Siefker, Basinger, Beach. (Swa) Nelson. ASSISTS: (O-G) Warnecke, Ellerbrock. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Ottawa-Glandorf 18, Swanton 5. SAVES: Schroeder (O-G) 3. Pel;land (Swa) 15.
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 1-0, Swanton 0-1.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Ottawa-Glandorf, 2-0.
VAN BUREN 3
KENTON — Senior forward Nichole Miller recorded a pair of goals as Van Buren topped Kenton 3-0 in a nonconference girls soccer match Monday.
The Black Knights improved to 2-0, while the Wildcats fell to 0-2.
Junior Gabbi McCracken notched the other goal for Van Buren and also added a pair of assists. Taylor Gilliland and Boston Siferd each dished out an assist as well as the Black Knights outshot Kenton 13-1 in the contest.
GOALS: (VB) Miller 2, McCracken. ASSISTS: (VB) McCracken 2, Gilliland, Siferd. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Van Buren 13, Kenton 1. SAVES: (VB) McCartney 1. (Ken) Clum 10.
RECORDS: Van Buren 2-0; Kenton 0-2.
FORT JENNINGS 0
WAPAKONETA — Kylee Dahman scored 2:12 into the match and added a second-half goal as well as Wapakoneta rolled past Fort Jennings 9-0 in nonconference girls soccer action Monday.
Alex Debell, Megan Fisher and Olivia Cousino also scored in the first half before Leah Schattschneider recorded a pair of goals as the Redskins (2-0) built a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Cousino and Fisher each finished with two goals, Claire Burton dished out two assists and Schattschneider added an assist.
Wapakoneta outshot Fort Jennings (0-1) 21-2 in the match and the Musketeers got 12 saves from Erin Osting.
GOALS: (Wap) Schattschneider 2, Cousino 2, Dahman 2, Fisher 2, Debell. ASSISTS: (Wap) Burton 2, Schattschneider. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Wapakoneta 21, Fort Jennings 2. SAVES: (Wap) Halfhill 2. (FJ) Osting 12.
RECORDS: Wapakoneta 2-0; Fort Jennings 0-1.
VAN WERT 0
VAN WERT — Jared Fanning recorded a hat trick for Ottoville in the team’s 4-0 victory against Van Wert in nonleague boys soccer action Monday.
The Big Green improved to 2-0 overall, while the Cougars dropped to 0-1.
Brandt Landin also added a goal for Ottoville, who recorded 14 shots on goal while holding Van Wert without an attempt on net.
GOALS: (Otto) Fanning 3, Landin. SHOTS-ON-GOAL: Ottoville 14, Van Wert 0.
RECORDS: Ottoville 2-0; Van Wert 0-1.