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Norwalk splits doubleheader at Sandusky

By Sarah Baker • Sep 21, 2017 at 3:30 AM

SANDUSKY — Moving players around mid-game is always a risk, but it paid off Wednesday for Sandusky's boys soccer team.

After coach Kevin Sisak moved Nathan Nickles up from defense into the attack against Norwalk with 25 minutes left in the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division matchup, the Blue Streaks were able to score a pair of goals to win going away, 2-1.

Norwalk (3-7-1, 3-3-1 SBC) held a 1-0 lead at halftime after Jose Dominguez scored off a cross midway through the first half.

Max Corso scored both second half goals for Sandusky (7-1-1, 5-1-1) off penalty kicks — the first with 21 minutes remaining and the second with 17 minutes left.

"Usually when Sandusky and Norwalk play they're interesting games," Sisak said. "For some reason the kids are a little extra competitive — I don't think it's just because it's a league game, but I think these kids really want to be better than Norwalk and vice versa.

"The kids know each other," he added. "They're always a good match for us and I think we are for them. The first time around we tied them 1-1… so we knew we had to manage the game, we had to put away the game. Doesn't matter how you score."

The Truckers had a handful of nice chances to equalize after the PKs, starting with a pair of corner kicks with 13 minutes remaining. When the first corner went out for a second, the ball got out to Eli Cruz, who took a shot from distance that Sandusky keeper Denarion Swain just barely kept out of the net.

Norwalk had another corner with 10:30 remaining that went across the face of the goal, and was tracked down by Petie Adamos to the other corner. He played it back across, but Swain again came up with the save.

Swain shut down another of the Truckers' chances with 8:19 left as he stopped a free kick that was headed for the upper left hand corner of the goal.

With 2:15 left, Luke Kelly took a shot from distance that went over the crossbar and with under a minute left, the Truckers had another corner kick opportunity. The Streaks blocked the initial corner and the subsequent shots off deflections to retain the lead.

"Sandusky has a good program," Norwalk coach Jon Kijowski said. "We didn't play our best — we got outworked all over the field tonight.

It's hit or miss with this group," he added. "Sometimes I feel like we're taking a step forward and as far as attacking, we looked OK toward the end, but as a team, I think we took a step back tonight, just in general. We're struggling to find ourselves right now."

Both teams, who trail Vermilion in the league standings, return to action with SBC matchups on Monday. The Truckers host Perkins, while Sandusky visits Clyde.

Norwalk 6, Sandusky 0

In the girls matchup, Norwalk jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first half en route to a 6-0 SBC Lake division victory over the Blue Streaks (3-4-4, 0-3-3).

The Truckers improve to 7-2 overall, and remain undefeated at 4-0 in the Lake division. Over its seven-game win streak, Norwalk has outscored its opponents by a 36-1 margin.

"When we play Norwalk it's always a lot of blood, sweat and tears are left on the field, and we really coach our girls to leave it all out there and see what can happen," Sisak said. "We had two real good chances on goal, which are positives for us. We really try to take away the positives over any negatives whenever we play a good team like Norwalk."

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