The back and forth battle ended up 2-1 in favor of the Truckers, with Will Gehlhausen’s goal in the 64th minute being the difference-maker.
Gehlhausen’s goal was his 22nd of the season.
“I thought the game was a good tune-up for tournaments,” Norwalk coach Jon Kijowski said. “The atmosphere felt like it and the crowd was into it. Huron is a good team and I thought the game was competitive.
“From our standpoint, I think we had to grow up a little bit today, mentally,” he added. “For the most part, I thought we stayed composed, but we still have things to improve on. Games aren’t going to get easier and we have to make sure we stay focused.”
The Truckers (11-1-3), who had the better of the offensive opportunities throughout the first half, got on the board first with three seconds left until halftime.
Regan Zieber floated in a free kick in the waning seconds of the half that snuck past the Tigers (8-2-4) for a 1-0 lead.
In the early going of the first half, the Truckers had three dangerous opportunities in a row, starting with Gehlhausen hitting one just over the crossbar nine minutes in, then Austin Obermeyer following suit two minutes later. Three minutes later, Gehlhausen was found on a through ball in the box for a goal that was called back for offsides.
“I thought both teams played very hard,” Huron coach Matt Asher said. “I think this was a good even match that showed us what we need to do to be successful in the tournament. A loss can be a better teacher of lessons than a win. We are going to work hard in practice and we look forward to our next game against Sandusky.”
At the half, both teams came together to honor former Huron player and Norwalk junior varsity coach Jeff Baur, who died as a result of a car crash on March 4. Asher and the Huron program put a memorial for Baur at the Tigers’ complex at McCormick Middle School.
“I thought it was very thoughtful of Matt Asher and the Huron soccer team to include us in the ceremony for Jeff Baur,” Kijowski said. “Our seniors had him as a coach and to this day talk about him. He was a great mentor to the boys and is truly missed by all.”
Added Asher, “The memorial for Jeff Baur was very special to those who knew him. He has had a huge impact on soccer in the community. He has helped form relationships and improve soccer in the area and I’m glad we could do something special in his memory.”
Huron tied things up with 25 minutes left in the second half. Casey Scroggins scored off a free kick played into the box by Danny Wiseman.
Norwalk closes out the regular season Tuesday at home against Ashland, while the Tigers visit Sandusky on Tuesday before hosting Bowling Green Thursday to end the regular season.
Huron won the junior varsity contest 1-0. Will Parcher scored the lone goal for the Tigers.