By Chad Grant
SANDUSKY — With the amount of attention Perrysburg senior forward and Purdue commit Maddy Williams required, someone else needed to step up if the Yellow Jackets were to beat the Medina girls soccer team in the Division I regional finals on Saturday.
That someone was sophomore forward Allex Brown, who scored the first goal for the top-ranked Yellow Jackets in a 2-0 win and led her team to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Brown’s first two attempts went wide left, but everyone knew she was going to get another chance considering the way she was playing.
“I told her to keep coming back,” Perrysburg co-head coach Jorge Diaz said. “You are going to have a third time to score, and that’s how we scored in the second half.”
Brown finally broke through 5:43 into the second half, taking a pass from Mollie Whitacre and scoring her 13th goal of the season.
“I was confident she was going to come through,” Yellow Jackets’ co-head coach Margaret Bernard said. “It was just a matter of time. She was so close and she did a great job today.”
The tall and physical Brown towered over the defenders, and she bulled her way around the field. Her physical play was a big key in an impressive display of ball possession that helped Perrysburg (21-0) outshoot the Bees 19-2.
“I am bigger than most players on the field,” Brown said. “But, as a team, we are able to control the ball really well. We practice ball possession all the time, and that is a key to our offense.”
With the Yellow Jackets keeping the ball in the Medina end using a crisp passing game, the Bees held firm with a nice defensive effort in the first half. Medina’s play forced Perrysburg into soft shots that were either gobbled up easily by keeper Jordan Reynolds or wide of the pipes.
While Medina was naturally focused on Williams (45 goals), the Yellow Jackets’ ball-possession offense was almost unstoppable.
“We have scored 105 goals in 21 games,” Williams said. “Usually, we control the play and if we don’t score right away, someone will step up and get one. I’d rather win 2-0 than have me score a bunch of goals.”
It was the first time this season Williams was held without a goal — even with the huge advantage in ball possession that Perrysburg enjoyed.
“Even if you mark Maddy with two or three players, we do have other players that are able to get open and make those goals,” Brown said. “We know how to score, and we are that team that knows how to finish.”
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