OTTOVILLE — Fort Jennings and Kalida have played many a tough girls soccer match over the years and there hasn’t been much to separate them.
The two combatants met up Wednesday night in Ottoville’s Division III District semifinal at Ottoville Soccer Stadium for another hard-fought affair.
It came down to one goal — similar to Kalida’s 1-0 regular-season victory in Fort Jennings — and with 3-time PCL Player of the Year Summer Holtkamp on the bench due to an injury suffered late in the second half, it came from LadyCat sophomore Jackie Gardner with 5:28 left for that match-winning tally.
Kalida (17-0-1) advances to battle Coldwater at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bath District final.
The LadyCats had controlled the orb most of the way from the get-go, outshooting the Musketeers (13-2-3) 9-2, but had nothing to show for it.
Holtkamp and Gardner were thorns in the Lady Musketeer side most of the way but their chances were either wide of the mark, deflected off defenders in front of the net or nabbed by Jennings senior keeper Gabbie German (8 saves).
On the other end, the Kalida defense locked down Musketeer senior star Macy Schroeder and the rest, leaving junior netminder Sarah Verhoff very few times to make saves (2).
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