OTTOVILLE — First, the Coldwater defense erased the crisp passing game of the Lima Central Catholic offense away.
Then, the Cavaliers handed the ball to 100-goal scorer Maura Hoying.
Hoying scored both goals to power the Cavs to a 2-0 victory over LCC in the Division III girls soccer district semifinals Wednesday at Ottoville.
In the first district semifinal match of the night, Kalida defeated Continental 2-1.
Coldwater (10-6-2) will meet Kalida (10-4-4) for the district title at a time to be named on Saturday at Ottoville.
The game is in flux because the Kalida boys soccer team is playing in the district finals.
LCC started fast and buzzed the net early.
But Coldwater goalkeeper Grace Bruns turned away several quality chances.
Then, with 24:32 left in the first half, Hoying pounded a line-drive shot from 17-yards out into the net to give Coldwater a 1-0 lead.
From there the Cavs took the momentum.
“We had great opportunities, ball in front of the net (in the first half), great chances, great looks, but everyone on my team knew what Hoying was going to do with the ball and she still found a way to do what she does,” LCC coach Mike Santaguida said. “She’s got a great shot and you can’t let her get any looks at all.’’
With 2:58 left in the half, it was Hoying again. T
his time she scored on a 40-yard free kick high into the back of the net.
Coldwater controlled the midfield most of the second half, as LCC struggled for an offensive surge.
The T-Birds made a strong run in the final minutes, with many of their defenders playing up front.
But again, Bruns and the Cavs’ defensive lined turned them away.
LCC had the shot advantage, 7-6.
Bruns ended up with six saves for Coldwater.
LCC freshman goalkeeper Kitt Siatkosky had three saves.
LCC ends its season 9-7-2.
Kalida 2, Continental 1
Kalida controlled almost the entire match with its strong possession game.
Early on, however, the Wildcats struggled to connect on a goal.
“In the first five minutes McKenna (Bockrath) had a nice a shot and it hit the crossbar and I hoped it wasn’t going to be one of those nights,” Kalida coach David Kehres said. “But give credit to Continental. They were constantly getting back on defense.”
Then, with 10:45 left in the first half Hannah Warn scored from 10-yards out, on a quick, short pass from McKenna Bockrath.
That gave Kalida a 1-0 lead.
Warn would score again to give her a two-goal game.
“When we got that first goal, we could relax just a little bit, but we knew it wasn’t over,” Kehres said.
With 4:46 left in the first half, Continental scored on a breakaway, on its second shot of the match.
Alex Hoeffel played the ball into the box to the speedy Kaitlyn Alvarado, who chipped it home to make it 1-1.
Kalida scored the game-winner when Warn took a pass from Sydney Wurth and hit a low shot into the left corner of the net. That came with 25:42 to go.
Kalida’s McKayla Maag, along with other defenders, did a good job following 40-goal scorer Hoeffel.
“We needed to communicate and know where she was on the field so she couldn’t get free,” Kehres said.
Kalida outshot the Pirates 11-5.
Kalida goalkeeper Bailey White had three saves.
Pirates goalkeeper Angel Brzozowski had nine saves.
The Pirates end the year 9-9-1.
For Warn, it was satisfying after missing the tournament last year with a torn ACL knee ligament.
“It was pretty surreal and it was an experience I won’t forget,” Warn said.