Sophia Santaguida of LCC and Faith Gamble of Ottoville run after the ball in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Sophia Santaguida of LCC and Faith Gamble of Ottoville run after the ball in Saturday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

OTTOVILLE — The Lady Green fell in their season opener 4-1 to Lima Central Catholic on Saturday. Sophia Santaguida and Annika Wilker each had a pair of goals in the T-Birds victory.

“Our girls looked good today but there is always room for improvement,” said LCC head coach Mike Santaguida. “We are hitting our marks and dropping back when we need to. I was really impressed with the defense today. We have a lot of speed up top but it was difficult to use because Ottoville dropped back so far. We had to connect a little and move the ball through the middle of the field.”

Santaguida put LCC on the board with a goal at the 3:26 mark of the first half. Ottoville had a chance to score early as well but a shot by Nicole Knippen bounced off the bar as the Lady T-Birds took control.

“Our defense faltered today,” said Ottoville head coach Doug German. “We didn’t man out positions like we should have and we had a talk about that after the game. At times, our girls were unstoppable and at other time we were caught up in the moment. We are going to bounce back after this and get better every day.”

Wilker extended LCC’s lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 39:31 mark of the first half, 29-seconds before the break.

The Lady Green had a few opportunities at the start of the second half with kicks from Alexis Sanders and Alyson Saxton being blocked by T-Bird goalie Kitt Siatkosky.

Santaguida notched her second goal of the day at the 9:47 mark of the half with a kick from several yards out. Her shot put LCC up 3-0 and made an Ottoville comeback difficult. Wilker scored her second goal of the game seven minutes later to extend the T-Birds lead to 4-0.

The Green finally had a chance to break the goose egg with a penalty shot at the 18:09 mark of the second half. Saxton’s shot landed in the right corner of the net to give Ottoville their only score of the game.

Shots by Knippen and Faith Gamble near the end nearly found their mark but LCC held out for a 4-1 win.

“It’s tough when you get down 2-0 in a soccer game,” German said. “You start chasing the ball in response to their passing. We will overcome the loss and be better our next time out.”